Exploring behavioral sleep problems in children with ADHD and comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thomas, Simone, Lycett, Kate, Papadopoulos, Nicole, Sciberras, Emma and Rinehart,N 2015, Exploring behavioral sleep problems in children with ADHD and comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of attention disorders, Early view, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1177/1087054715613439.

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Title Exploring behavioral sleep problems in children with ADHD and comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author(s) Thomas, Simone
Lycett, Kate
Papadopoulos, NicoleORCID iD for Papadopoulos, Nicole orcid.org/0000-0001-9057-1672
Sciberras, EmmaORCID iD for Sciberras, Emma orcid.org/0000-0003-2812-303X
Rinehart,NORCID iD for Rinehart,N orcid.org/0000-0001-6109-3958
Journal name Journal of attention disorders
Season Early view
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015-12-04
ISSN 1557-1246
Keyword(s) ADD/ADHD
autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
behavioral problems
sleep disorders
sleep quality
Summary OBJECTIVE: This study (a) compared behavioral sleep problems in children with comorbid ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with those with ADHD and (b) examined child/family factors associated with sleep problems. METHOD: Cross-sectional study comparison of 392 children with a confirmed ADHD diagnosis (ADHD+ASD, n=93, ADHD, n=299) recruited from 21 peadiatric practises in Victoria, Australia. Data were collected from parents. Key measures included the Child Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ). RESULTS: Children with ADHD + ASD experienced similar levels and types of behavioral sleep problems compared with those with ADHD. In both groups, the presence of co-occurring internalizing and externalizing comorbidities was associated with sleep problems. Sleep problems were also associated with parent age in the ADHD + ASD group and poorer parent mental health in the ADHD group. CONCLUSION: Findings suggest comorbid ASD is not associated with increased behavioral sleep problems in children with ADHD and that co-occurring internalizing and externalizing comorbidities may flag children in these groups with sleep problems.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1087054715613439
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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