There is no evidence about an effect of sleep habits on internalizing psychopathology. However, it is advisable for a therapist to investigate patients’ sleep habits during a routine assessment. Habits like Cosleeping and Bed-sharing, belonging to the main framework of parenting styles, need to be further analyzed starting from the history of the family, in order to understand if they correspond to a life choice, to a coping strategy to a stressful event, or to family/individual problems. A study has been conducted on two different samples: a "clinical" sample consisting of patients (age range: 8-14 years) of the Neuropsychiatry Clinic of Sapienza, University of Rome, and a control sample, recruited some schools (in Rome and in Calabria). The main aim of the study is to understand if sleep habits are correlated to sleep disorders, and to anxious/depressive states of the parents and/or of the son. Furthermore, we wanted to investigate if sleep problems are correlated to a weaker autonomy of the child, measured through separation anxiety levels and through behaviors like avoiding sleeping apart from their parents.
Keywords: Cosleeping, sleep disorders, internalizing disorders, developmental psychopathology
Cristiana Patrizi, Valeria Semeraro, Elena Bilotta, Elisa Salvi, Lorenza Isola, The relationship between sleep habits and internalizing disorders among school-aged children: A correlational study in "QUADERNI DI PSICOTERAPIA COGNITIVA" 34/2014, pp. 9-23, DOI:10.3280/QPC2014-034002