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February 1961

Enuresis and Dreaming: Experimental Studies

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oklahoma School of Medicine (Dr. Pierce). Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Dr. Whitman). Staff Psychiatrist, N.I.M.H. (Dr. Maas). Candidate for the degree of Doctor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Mr. Gay).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;4(2):166-170. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710080062010

Relatively little is known concerning the relationship of the enuretics' dreams to the onset of bed-wetting, the depth of sleep during the enuretic episode, or the sleep depth in interim periods. In fact, little is known about any physiological correlation which might serve to increase or decrease bed-wetting. Although the psychological contributions to the etiology of enuresis have long been accepted, there has never been a study of the dreams of an enuretic as they occurred and were collected throughout the night. The purpose of the present investigation is to arrive at a more precise understanding of the interrelationship between dreams, levels of sleep, and bed-wetting.

Method  In this study a total of 8 boys were studied on 10 nights. There were 2 youths who were studied on 2 nights each. The boys were between ages 5 and 9 and offered no special physical or emotional complaints

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