Neurobehavioral Functioning, and Behavior
Problems Among Israeli Children
team of Israeli researchers tested associations between actigraphic
measurement of sleep variables, performance on the Neurobehavioral
Evaluation System (NES), and the Hebrew version of the Child Behavior
Checklist completed by parents of 135 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade
children. Children classified as "poor sleepers" on
the basis of the actigraphic sleep measurements performed significantly
worse on NES symbol digit substitution, continuous performance
test commission errors, and digit learning than children classified
as good sleepers. Furthermore, poor sleepers obtained significantly
higher scores than good sleepers on the CBCL Total Problems, Thought
Problems, and Delinquent Behavior (now called Rule-Breaking Behavior)
scales. The authors concluded that ". . .the findings on
poor sleepers' poorer performance on tasks involving executive
function and inhibitory control suggest that these deficiencies
may play a role in the relation between sleep and behavior regulation
and some forms of psychopathology" (p. 414).
Reference: Sadeh, A., Gruber, R., & Raviv, A. (2002).
Sleep, neurobehavioral functioning, and behavior problems in school-age
children. Child Development, 73, 405-417.