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J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Oct;35(9):915-26. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsq016. Epub 2010 Mar 23.

Sleep and culture in children with medical conditions.

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Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Bradley-Hasbro Children's Research Center, Providence, RI 02903, USA. jboergers@lifespan.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To provide an integrative review of the existing literature on the interrelationships among sleep, culture, and medical conditions in children.

METHODS:

A comprehensive literature search was conducted using PubMed, Medline, and PsychINFO computerized databases and bibliographies of relevant articles.

RESULTS:

Children with chronic illnesses experience more sleep problems than healthy children. Cultural beliefs and practices are likely to impact the sleep of children with chronic illnesses. Few studies have examined cultural factors affecting the relationship between sleep and illness, but existing evidence suggests the relationship between sleep and illness is exacerbated for diverse groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

Sleep is of critical importance to children with chronic illnesses. Cultural factors can predispose children both to sleep problems and to certain medical conditions. Additional research is needed to address the limitations of the existing literature, and to develop culturally sensitive interventions to treat sleep problems in children with chronic illnesses.

PMID:
20332222
PMCID:
PMC3708537
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsq016
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