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Child Care Health Dev. 2002 Jul;28(4):317-22.

Nightmares and anxiety in elementary-aged children: is there a relationship.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia 19131, USA. jmindell@sju.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether a relationship exists between children's anxiety level and nightmare occurrence.

METHOD:

A total of 60 kindergarten, second and fourth grade school children and their parents completed questionnaires assessing nightmare occurrence and anxiety.

RESULTS:

According to parental report, children who experience nightmares have significantly higher levels of anxiety than children who do not experience nightmares. The results also indicate a relationship between nightmare distress and trait anxiety.

CONCLUSION:

These findings suggest that anxiety issues should be considered in children who are experiencing nightmares.

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12211191
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