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Sleep and Development

Special Issue Call for Papers

Submission deadline
1 November 2020

The Journal of Genetic Psychology invites the submission of papers for a special issue focusing on sleep and development.

From infancy through childhood and adolescence, sleep has been found to be related to many areas of development, including physical health, cognitive functioning, social and emotional development, academic performance, family relationships, and socio-economic status. Influences on children’s sleep include family, school schedules, technology, and socio-cultural practices. Children’s sleep patterns also may impact family functioning.

Sleep itself is multifaceted and changes over the course development. Moreover, many children experience sleep problems at some point in development, including insufficient sleep or erratic sleep schedules, and sleep problems have been found to be related to adverse outcomes in health, behavior, and cognitive and emotional functioning.

Both the conceptualization and measurement of sleep pose challenges for research. Thus, sleep has been conceptualized behaviorally and neurologically, and sleep research has utilized a variety of assessment techniques ranging from parental checklists to direct observation or physiological measures.

Submission instructions

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the Journal of Genetic Psychology submission portal on Scholar One: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gnt
Authors must indicate in their cover letter that their paper should be considered for the sleep and development special issue. All submissions will undergo peer-review.
Deadline for submission: November 1, 2020

This special issue aims to bring together empirical and conceptual work on diverse aspects of the role of sleep in development from infancy through emerging adulthood. We invite papers addressing the following topics (as well as others):

  • Sleep and physical health
  • Sleep and socioemotional adjustment
  • Sleep and cognitive functioning or academic achievement
  • Influences on sleep patterns
  • Family functioning and children’s sleep
  • Children’s sleep and parental sleep
  • Cultural perspectives on sleep
  • Sleep problems
  • Age differences in sleep patterns
  • Measurement of sleep
  • Influence of technology use on sleep
  • School schedules and sleep

Contributions may include reports of empirical research, literature reviews, conceptual papers, or methodological papers. Manuscript submissions may vary in length from 10 to 35 pages.

We look forward to your submission. For questions or further information please contact Bradford Pillow: [email protected].