Sleep is associated with problem behaviors in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Suzanne E. Goldman, Susan McGrew, Kyle Johnson, Amanda L. Richdale, Traci Clemons, Beth A. Malow

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Abstract

Multiple sleep problems have been reported in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The association of poor sleep with problematic daytime behaviors has been shown in small studies of younger children. We assessed the relationship between sleep and behavior in 1784 children, ages 2-18, with confirmed diagnosis of ASD participating in the Autism Treatment Network. Sleep problems were identified using the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ). The Parental Concerns Questionnaire (PCQ) was used to evaluate behavioral concerns and to define good or poor sleepers. Poor sleepers had a higher percentage of behavioral problems on all PCQ scales than good sleepers. Over three-fourths had problems with attention span and social interactions. Further delineation of this phenotype will help guide future interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1223-1229
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

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Autistic Disorder
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Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Behavior problems
  • Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire
  • Parental Concerns Checklist
  • Sleep problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Sleep is associated with problem behaviors in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. / Goldman, Suzanne E.; McGrew, Susan; Johnson, Kyle; Richdale, Amanda L.; Clemons, Traci; Malow, Beth A.

In: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Vol. 5, No. 3, 07.2011, p. 1223-1229.

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Goldman, Suzanne E. ; McGrew, Susan ; Johnson, Kyle ; Richdale, Amanda L. ; Clemons, Traci ; Malow, Beth A. / Sleep is associated with problem behaviors in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2011 ; Vol. 5, No. 3. pp. 1223-1229.
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