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Guests resting at a sleepover

A sleepover is a social occasion whereby a young person stays overnight at a friend's house. A pajama party or slumber party is essentially the same, but may involve multiple people.


A sleepover is an event when a child, without adult presence, spends the night in the presence of other children. The sleepover is often seen as a rite of passage for a young child or teenager, as they begin to assert independence and to develop social connections outside the immediate family.[1][2][3]

Teen sleepovers[edit]

Beginning in the 1990s, commentators wrote about a perceived new trend of parents endorsing sleepovers for teenagers, with both boys and girls staying overnight together. While some writers decried the trend, others defended it as a safer alternative to teenage dating outside the house.[4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Judith Ancer, "Sleepovers need not be a nightmare - and help kids to be autonomous in a safe environment", The Sunday Times (South Africa), June 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Edward Eveld, "Sleepovers a rite of passage for kids", Chicago Tribune, August 14, 2005.
  3. ^ Barbara F. Meltz, ["The sleep-over: A rite of passage"], Boston Globe, October 13, 1994.
  4. ^ Peter Annin, "Slumbering Around", Newsweek, November 4, 1996.
  5. ^ Emily Wax, "Coed All-Nighters Put Trust on Line; Not All Parents Are Losing Sleep Over Teen Fad", The Washington Post, November 16, 2000 (subscription required), reprinted as "Coed all-nighters cause unrest", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, November 21, 2000.
  6. ^ Betsy Hart, "Coed sleepovers: Teenagers learn volumes from parents' decision-making", Scripps Howard News Service in The Daily News (Kentucky), November 24, 2000.
  7. ^ Amy Dickinson, "Coed Sleepovers", Time, January 8, 2001.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of sleepover at Wiktionary