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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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

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
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A pilot study examining the effectiveness of brief sleep treatment to improve children’s emotional and behavioral functioning. / Kidwell, Katherine M.; McGinnis, J. Christopher; Nguyen, Anhthony V.; Arcidiacono, Steven J.; Nelson, Timothy D.

In: Children's Health Care, Vol. 48, No. 3, 03.07.2019, p. 314-331.

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Kidwell, Katherine M. ; McGinnis, J. Christopher ; Nguyen, Anhthony V. ; Arcidiacono, Steven J. ; Nelson, Timothy D. / A pilot study examining the effectiveness of brief sleep treatment to improve children’s emotional and behavioral functioning. In: Children's Health Care. 2019 ; Vol. 48, No. 3. pp. 314-331.
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