Journal of Undergraduate Research


family structure stability, transitions, young children's sleep, millennium cohort study


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




Over the years, family structure has become a topic of great interest in the social science community, particularly as it pertains to family structure type (i.e. biological parents, cohabiting, stepparents, etc.) (Dufur et al., 2010). More recently, family stability has come under scrutiny. Family structure has the potential to change over time, whether it be experiencing a disruption (going from married parents to single) or reconstitution (going from single parent to married or having a partner). We find interest in family structure changes over time as it pertains to its potential effects on their children’s sleeping behavior (Wong, Brower & Zucker, 2004). Young children’s sleeping behaviors provide an accurate predictor for boys’ marijuana, alcohol, and cigarette use, as well as girl’s alcohol use. Irregularities in early childhood sleep schedules provide accurate predictor of young children’s anxiety, and adolescent anxiety and depression mental disorders (Ong et al., 2006).

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