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J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Jul;34(6):665-70. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsn095. Epub 2008 Sep 11.

Sleep in children with chronic illness, and the relation to emotional and behavioral problems--a population-based study.

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Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. mari.hysing@psybp.uib.no

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine sleep and sleep problems in children with chronic illness, and the potential effect of emotional and behavioral problems.

METHODS:

The Bergen Child Study is a total population study. Based on data from the second wave, information about sleep was given by 5,781 children and their parents, of which 496 children (8.6%) had a chronic illness.

RESULTS:

There were no differences in time in bed between children with a chronic illness and their healthy peers. However, the chronic illness group reported more problems falling asleep and had more nighttime awakenings. The increased risk for sleep problems was reduced to a nonsignificant level when adjusting for emotional and behavioral problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

The elevated rate of sleep problems and association with emotional and behavioral problems in children with chronic illness underline the importance of early detection and intervention in this group.

PMID:
18786977
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsn095
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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