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Mothers were less likely to be depressed after a structured behavioural intervention for infant sleep problems

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H Hiscock

Dr H Hiscock, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia;


Is a structured behavioural intervention (SBI) for infant sleep problems effective for maternal depression, parenting style, and child mental health and sleep outcomes at 2 years?



cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT).




blinded {families, nurses, data collectors, and data analysts}.*

Follow-up period:

{17 months}.*


49 maternal and child health centres in 6 government areas in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


328 mothers (mean age 33 y) who reported infant sleep problems (mean infant age 7.4 mo, 54% boys). Infants born at < 32 weeks’ gestation and mothers who did not know sufficient English to complete questionnaires were excluded.


25 centres (n = 174) were allocated to SBIs to improve infant sleep, and 24 centres (n = 154) were allocated to usual well-child care. In the SBI …

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  • Source of funding: Pratt Foundation.