|Date||10/24/16 to 10/25/16|
|Location||Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom, University Park campus, State College, PA|
Decades of clinical and epidemiological research have established the role of sleep in human health and well-being. Sleep quality, quantity, and timing have implications for physiological processes ranging from immune and endocrine to brain functioning, and have been linked to obesity and diabetes, heart disease and stroke, depressed mood and cognition, and accidents. Many adults in the U.S. get less sleep than they need, however, and national data also suggest that children and adolescents sleep fewer hours than recommended for their age. Moreover, both insufficient sleep quantity and poor sleep quality are elevated among ethnic minorities in the U.S. Such findings, in combination with research on the health implications of sleep, direct attention to the social/environmental factors that may promote healthful sleep—including characteristics and dynamics of families. The 2016 National Symposium on Family Issues aims to stimulate research by family scholars on the roles families can play in fostering healthful sleep patterns among their members.
The Symposium on Family Issues is sponsored annually by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R13 HD048150).
Thank you to our Penn State sponsors: Social Science Research Institute, Population Research Institute, Department of Sociology, Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Department of Psychology, Prevention Research Center, Child Study Center, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Biobehavioral Health.
McHale, S. M., King, V., & Buxton, O. M. (Eds.). (2017). Family contexts of sleep and health across the life course. New York: Springer
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