As a compulsive researcher, I've rather a collection of cool and interesting research items. What better place to put them than here?
They'll all be categorized with Research that Rocks. As much as possible, I'll find the full text, or at least an article that discusses the results (rather than just an abstract).
Item for today - longitudinal study of cosleeping - that is, if you follow people from childhood to adulthood, how does having coslept affect them?
General conclusion? It isn't the bedsharing. "It appears that long-term patterns in family life and peer relationships, not particular practices such as early bedsharing, were associated in the FLS sample with important outcomes in adolescence." It is the egalitarian, pro-natural, and humanistic family philosophy produced kids with higher scores in many areas, from adjustment at school to cognitive competence to relationships with adults and peers. There's a tiny bit of downside from this sample, in that open sexuality and different expectations about drug use tended to create kids who had, um, open sexuality and different expectations about drug use. But even with those negatives, the sexuality side also had some positive aspects (not in abusive relationships, even if sexually active as teens). (But keep in mind this is basically California Hippies ... I'm personally not shocked!)
Anyway, once again, a measure that shows that it isn't the specific checklist item that makes the difference, but the underlying philosophy that informs ALL the choices, and it is the way it seeps into the entire process that changes the outcomes. This is why I think it is important to have a framework for one's philosophy of parenthood - doesn't have to match mine, but it helps to know what it is, and to do self-checks against the knee-jerk parenting if you've got knee-jerk parenting reactions.
And say NYAH to the people who said that cosleeping with your child (even older child) would turn them into an ax murderer or deviant or make them too dependent to succeed in school or mess up their relationship with their peers. (Likewise, say NYAH to those who said that NOT cosleeping would do the same thing - it isn't the cosleeping that does it.)