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Type: Journal article
Title: Resiliency as a mediator of the impact of sleep on child and adolescent behavior
Author: Chatburn, A.
Coussens, S.
Kohler, M.
Citation: Nature and Science of Sleep, 2014; 6:1-9
Publisher: Dove Medical Press
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1179-1608
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Alex Chatburn, Scott Coussens, Mark J Kohler
Abstract: Background: Disturbed sleep is detrimental to child behavior; however, the precise means by which this association occurs is unclear. Sleep and resilience can theoretically share an underlying neural mechanism and therefore influence one another. However, the role of resilience in the association between sleep and behavior is not known. The associations between sleep, resilience, and problematic behavior in children and adolescents aged 7–18 years were investigated in this study. Methods: A correlational design was used to determine the relationships between total sleep problems, indices of resilience, and internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Results: Sleep problems and resiliency variables were strongly correlated, and further, sleep problems were found to be predictive of resiliency scores. Resiliency significantly mediated the relationship between increased sleep problems and both overall internalizing and externalizing behavior problems, and specifically, measures of depression and anxiety. Conclusion: Sleep impacted levels of resilience such that greater sleep disturbance reduced resilience and consequently increased problematic behavior, potentially predisposing individuals to psychopathology.
Keywords: Resilience; behavior; internalizing; externalizing; anxiety; depression; sleep
Description: First published online 23 December 2013
Rights: © 2014 Chatburn et al.This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. The full terms of the License are available at Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. Permissions beyond the scope of the License are administered by Dove Medical Press Limited. Information on how to request permission may be found at:
RMID: 0030008375
DOI: 10.2147/NSS.S54913
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