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Author: Kissling, Alexandra
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1. Kissling, Alexandra
Partnership Status and Sleep Quality among Mothers
Presented: Seattle WA, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 2016
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: American Sociological Association
Keyword(s): Marital Status; Mothers, Health; Racial Differences; Sleep

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While there is a growing body of literature devoted to sleep as a health behavior, we know less about how social roles, such as partnership and parenthood, matter for sleep. The present study works from the protection, crisis, and selection theoretical perspectives to explore differences in sleep quality by partnership status among mothers. The present study further assesses the degree of racial variation in these effects of various partnership statuses on sleep quality. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 cohort (N=12,868), results show that married mothers are less likely to experience problem sleep than cohabiting, formerly partnered, and lone mothers. However, there are no significant difference in sleep quality when comparing these unmarried groups to one another. This finding suggests that marriage adds greatly to sleep quality. However, this result only holds for white mothers, as there are no differences in sleep quality by marital status. By highlighting the importance of partnership statuses for sleep, this study provides evidence that social relationships may be a key factor contributing to the stratification of sleep problems among adults.
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Kissling, Alexandra. "Partnership Status and Sleep Quality among Mothers." Presented: Seattle WA, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 2016.