This pilot study evaluated a brief sleep treatment for children presenting with emotional/behavioral disorders. Parents of children ages 6 to 11 years (n = 27) completed measures of emotional/behavioral symptoms at baseline, following sleep treatment, and after behavioral parent training for emotional/behavioral symptoms. Children wore actigraphs to objectively measure sleep, and parents completed weekly assessments of children’s symptoms. Emotional/behavioral symptoms improved from baseline to post-sleep treatment and continued to improve following treatment specifically for emotional/behavioral problems. Brief behavioral sleep interventions show promise for improving emotional/behavioral disorders. Future research is needed to evaluate sleep interventions in controlled trials.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology