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Family Contexts of Sleep and Health Across the Life Course by Susan M. McHale

Family Contexts of Sleep and Health Across the Life Course

Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues Series


Family Contexts of Sleep and Health Across the Life Course by Susan M. McHale

This unique volume advances the literature on sleep and health by illuminating the impacts of family dynamics on individuals' quality and quantity of sleep. Its lifespan perspective extends across childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age considering both phenomena of individual development and family system dynamics, particularly parent-child and marital relationships. It extends, as well, to the broader contexts of social disparities in sleep as a significant health behavior. Emerging concepts and practical innovations include ancestral roots of sleep in family contexts, sleep studies as a lens for understanding family health, and methodologies, particularly the use of actigraphy technology, for studying sleep patterns in individuals and families. This rich area of inquiry holds significant keys to understanding a vital human behavior and its critical role in physical, psychological, and relational health and wellbeing. Among the topics covered: * Sleep and development: familial and sociocultural considerations. * Relationship quality: implications for sleep quality and sleep disorders. * Couple dynamics and sleep quality in an international perspective. * Family influences on sleep: comparative and historical-evolutionary perspectives. * Sociodemographic, psychosocial, and contextual factors in children's sleep. * Dynamic interplay between sleep and family life: review and directions for future research. Family Contexts of Sleep and Health Across the Life Course will advance the work of researchers and students in the fields of population health, family demography and sociology, sleep research and medicine, human development, neuroscience, biobehavioral health, and social welfare, as well as that of policymakers and health and human services practitioners.

About the Author

? Susan M. McHale, PhD, is Director of the Social Science Research Institute and Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Professor of Demography at Penn State. Her research focuses on children's and adolescents' family roles, relationships, and daily experiences and how these family dynamics are linked to youth development and adjustment. Dr. McHale's research highlights family gender dynamics, including how differential family experiences of sisters and brothers are linked to the choices they make in the areas of education, work, and family formation. Dr. McHale also investigates the socio-cultural contexts of family dynamics including how parents' and youths' values, practices, and daily experiences have implications for family life and youth adjustment in African American and Mexican American families. Most recently her work has extended to the links between family dynamics, particularly family stressors, and youths' physical health. Valarie King, PhD, is Professor of Sociology, Demography, and Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State, and is the Director of the Family Demography Training Program at the Population Research Institute. Her research focuses on intergenerational relationships across the life course and their implications for the health, well-being, and development of family members. Her work has been published in numerous outlets including American Sociological Review, Demography,Journals of Gerontology-Social Sciences, and Journal of Marriage and Family. Dr. King's most recent work focuses on elucidating the factors that promote the development of strong ties between children and their stepfathers, and the ways in which stepfathers can promote children's well-being. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Marriage and Family and Journal of Family Issues. Orfeu M. Buxton, PhD, is Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State where he directs the Sleep, Health & Society group. He also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Lecturer on Medicine, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Associate Neuroscientist, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Buxton's research focuses primarily on the causes and consequences of sleep deficiency in the workplace, home, and society, and interventions to address these pathways and improve sleep health. He currently co-chairs the Steering Committee for the Work, Family, and Health Network, and serves as an Associate Editor for Sleep Health, and on the editorial board for Sleep.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd November 2017


Susan M. McHale

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Springer International Publishing AG


222 pages


Sociology: family & relationships
Public health & preventive medicine
Sleep disorders & therapy



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