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The Connection Between Sleep Problems and Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Autistic Children: A Network Analysis

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posted on 2024-04-12, 05:20 authored by Lucy SommersLucy Sommers, N Papadopoulos, Matthew Fuller-TyszkiewiczMatthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Emma SciberrasEmma Sciberras, Jane McGillivrayJane McGillivray, P Howlin, N Rinehart
AbstractThe interactions between sleep problems, autism symptoms and emotional and behavioural difficulties were explored using network analysis in 240 autistic children (mean age: 8.8 years, range 5–13 years) with moderate to severe sleep problems. Findings revealed a highly connected and interpretable network, with three separate clusters identified of the modelled variables. Depression, anxiety and behavioural difficulties were the most central variables of the network. Depression, anxiety and restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns behaviours (RRBs) were the strongest bridging variables in the network model, transmitting activation both within and between other symptom clusters. The results highlight that depression and anxiety were highly connected symptoms within the network, suggesting support in these areas could be helpful, as well as future research.

History

Journal

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Pagination

1-13

Location

Belin, Germany

ISSN

0162-3257

eISSN

1573-3432

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Springer