10904 Sleep and Sleep Disorders in Childhood 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Psychology

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Research Methods in Social Sciences, Participation in Psychological and Educational Research and Research Experience, Regression Analysis and Analysis of Variance. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and bibliographic instruction in the library.

Recommended: Physiology of Behavior

The course is based on a reader edited by Avi Sadeh and Liat Tikotzky.

Sleep is an essential and major behavior in the life of adults and children. The topic of sleep in children is especially important since sleep disorders in infancy and childhood influence the child’s functioning in different domains. The course deals with sleep in children and examines its developmental and psychological aspects.

Topics: Introduction to the study of sleep – definition, structure, role, measurement methods; Sleep and developmental aspects; Sleep disorders in children; Treatment of sleep disorders; Sleep and learning and attention difficulties in children; Sleep and psychopathology in children; Sleep, stress and trauma in infants and children; Sleep in infants and children from a multicultural and anthropological viewpoint.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.