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Am J Health Behav. 2010 Mar-Apr;34(2):237-48.

Adolescent sleep, risk behaviors, and depressive symptoms: are they linked?

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Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712-0360, USA. kpasch@mail.utexas.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore how weekday and weekend sleep patterns are related to adolescent substance use, depressive symptoms, and school truancy.

METHODS:

Selfreport surveys of 242 youth (93.4% white, mean age 16.4 years).

RESULTS:

Longer weekday sleep duration was inversely associated with depressive symptoms, past month alcohol use, and drunkenness. Later weekend bedtime and wake-times, compared to those of weekdays, were associated with increased substance use and truancy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Weekday sleep duration appears to be protective for substance use, depression and school truancy for teenagers. However, inconsistent sleep patterns between weekdays and weekends were associated with a range of markers for adolescent risk.

PMID:
19814603
PMCID:
PMC3086400
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