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BRISSET, Christine. Sleeping rituals of the small child: some results of a study conducted in the region of Picardy, France. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2005, vol.15, n.1, pp. 11-18. ISSN 0104-1282.

Our study approaches the specific moment in which the small child falls asleep and the different types of representations that surround it in our western society. This space of possible separation can be the occasion for the development of private rituals. After researching the evolution of advices given to young parents in childcare manuals, as well as the evolution of iconographic representations, we asked the parents about their representations and practices of monitoring their child's sleep. It is this work that we will present here. One of our aims was to listen to the parent discourse about the relationship and conditions instituted when the small child falls asleep. Our research is quite specific, as we listened to the words of parents from Picardy, but, at the same time, it is inscribed in a broader work of cross-cultural comparison.

Palavras-chave : Sleep; Falling asleep; Child; Parents; Representations; Mothering practices.

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