Between Sleep Parameters and Problem Scores in Finnish Children
A Finnish study tested associations
between sleep parameters measured objectively by activity
monitors and TRF and CBCL problem scores for physically healthy
7- to 12-year-olds (Aronen et al., 2000). Highly significant
associations were found between sleep time and TRF scores.
In particular, the shorter the sleep time, the higher the
scores for the Aggressive Behavior, Attention Problems, Delinquent
Behavior, Social Problems, and Somatic Complaints syndromes,
as well as for the Externalizing and Total Problems scales.
Although total sleep time was not significantly associated
with CBCL scores, long latencies before the onset of sleep
were significantly associated with high scores for the CBCL
Aggressive Behavior, Attention Problems, and Delinquent Behavior
syndromes. The authors concluded that treating sleep problems
may eliminate behavior problems in some children, especially
problems that are most evident in school.
Reference: Aronen, E.T., Paavonen, J., Fjallberg,
M., Soininen, M., & Torronen, J. (2000). Sleep & psychiatric
symptoms in school-age children. Journal of the American
Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 39, 502-508.