A pilot study examining the effectiveness of brief sleep treatment to improve children’s emotional and behavioral functioning

Katherine M. Kidwell, J. Christopher McGinnis, Anhthony V. Nguyen, Steven J. Arcidiacono, Timothy D. Nelson

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-331
Number of pages18
JournalChildren's Health Care
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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