ERIC Number: ED308042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
"How Can You Expect To Hold onto Them Later in Life if You Begin Their Lives by Pushing Them Away?" Comparative Perspectives on an Eastern Kentucky Child Rearing Practice.
Family solidarity runs strong in Appalachia, where young adults typically settle near their parents in kin-based rural neighborhoods. One child rearing practice that may contribute to this closeness is parent-child co-sleeping. Interviews with 107 mothers in eastern Kentucky focused on the sleeping location history of one child. Most subjects were working-class housewives with high school educations, living in nuclear family households of two adults and two children. The children had a mean age of 5.6 years, with a range of 2 months to 22 years. First sleeping location was the parents' bed for 36% of the children and different bed in parents' room for an additional 48%. At the time of the interview, 36% of the children were sleeping in parents' bed or room, 23% were with siblings, and 41% had their own rooms. The oldest child reported to co-sleep with a parent was 8 years old and was in transition to sleeping with a sibling. Variations in the overall pattern of children's sleeping locations were related to the child's birth order, number of rooms in the house, mother's place of birth (Appalachia versus elsewhere), and mother's and father's educational attainment. Mothers were more likely to have negative feelings about moving their child's sleeping location to another room if the move was sparked by a sense of "appropriate" behavior than if it was motivated by situational or demographic factors. This report contains 12 references and 7 tables and figures. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; Berea Coll., KY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky