Sleep quality and psychological wellbeing in mothers of children with developmental disabilities

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Bundoora 3086, VIC 3086, Australia
Research in Developmental Disabilities (Impact Factor: 3.4). 06/2009; 30(6):1512-1522. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2009.07.007


Sleep and behavioural difficulties are common in children with developmental disabilities. Mothers often wake and tend to their child when their child is having sleep difficulties. Therefore, mothers of children with developmental disabilities can have poor sleep quality due to these disruptions. The present study investigated the impact of sleep and behaviour problems in children with developmental disabilities on mothers’ sleep quality and psychological wellbeing. The sample consisted of 46 mothers and 50 children with developmental disabilities. The results indicated that greater sleep and behaviour problems in children were significantly associated with disturbed sleep and increased depression, anxiety and stress levels in mothers. Mothers’ sleep disturbance was also found to significantly predict poor maternal psychological wellbeing. The research limitations, implications of findings, and directions for future research are also discussed.

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    • "The subjects of this study also complained of various sleep problems such as bedtime resistance, sleep onset difficulties, difficulties with morning awakening, daytime sleepiness. Moderate and severe sleep problems lower the quality of living for ADHD patients as well as other members of the family6,34). Thus, adequate treatments will be essential. "
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder in school-aged children. Patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) often present with ADHD symptoms and vice versa. This study was the first to attempt to identify the prevalence of RLS and sleep problems in children with ADHD in Korea. Methods Patients diagnosed with ADHD were asked to complete a sleep questionnaire. The sleep questionnaire included items to help identify the presence of four typical symptoms that are used as diagnostic criteria for RLS. Results A total of 56 patients, including 51 boys and 5 girls (mean age, 10.7 years old) participated. Of these, 24 complained of pain, discomfort, or an unpleasant sensation in the legs. Based on the RLS diagnostic criteria, 2 patients were diagnosed with definite RLS and 4 with probable RLS. There were no significant differences in age, medication dosage, or neuropsychological test scores between the patients with and without RLS symptoms. Conclusion Approximately 42.9% of patients with ADHD presented with RLS symptoms and 7.1% of these were diagnosed with RLS. Patients with ADHD also experienced various other sleep disorders. Thus, appropriate assessment and treatment for sleep disorders in patients with ADHD is essential.
    Korean Journal of Pediatrics 07/2014; 57(7):317-322. DOI:10.3345/kjp.2014.57.7.317
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    • "In this study, we first replicated our previous findings (Hamilton et al., 2007) that concurrent insomnia symptoms may play an important role in determining an individual's levels of SWB and EWB. These findings are consistent with the few other studies that have investigated the role of sleep on psychological well-being, which found that sleep disturbance was related to decreased psychological well-being in mothers of children with developmental disabilities (Chu & Richdale, 2009) and good sleep quality was related to increased psychological well-being in Japanese working men (Kawada et al., 2011). In this study, Model 1 also expanded our Figure 2. Longitudinal effects of insomnia symptoms on well-being and psychological distress. "
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