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Sleep problems in childhood predict neuropsychological functioning in adolescence.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19336377     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to examine the association between parent-rated sleep problems during childhood and neuropsychological functioning during adolescence.
PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Longitudinal prospective data on an entire birth cohort from Dunedin, New Zealand, were obtained. One thousand thirty-seven children were enrolled in the study (52% male). Parents reported on sleep problems when the study members were 5, 7, and 9 years of age. Neuropsychological functioning was assessed by using 7 tests when the participants were 13 years of age.
RESULTS: After adjusting for gender and socioeconomic status, persistent sleep problems during childhood predicted scores on 2 neuropsychological tests: the copy score of the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test and 2 measures of performance on the Halstead Trail Making Test. These results were substantively replicated when sleep was assessed at the 5- and 9-year (but not 7-year) assessments separately.
CONCLUSIONS: Sleep problems during childhood may be associated with certain aspects of neuropsychological functioning during adolescence. This adds to the growing body of literature suggesting that childhood sleep problems may be a risk indicator of later difficulties.
Authors:
Alice M Gregory; Avshalom Caspi; Terrie E Moffitt; Richie Poulton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  123     ISSN:  1098-4275     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-01     Completed Date:  2009-04-28     Revised Date:  2014-02-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1171-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior*
Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology
Child
Child Behavior Disorders / epidemiology
Child, Preschool
Female
Humans
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
Neuropsychological Tests
Sleep Disorders / epidemiology*
Social Class
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
G0100527//Medical Research Council; G0601483//Medical Research Council; MH 5070/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; MH 9414/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH045070/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH049414/MH/NIMH NIH HHS
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