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Relationship between subtypes of restricted and repetitive behaviors and sleep disturbance in autism spectrum disorder

TitleRelationship between subtypes of restricted and repetitive behaviors and sleep disturbance in autism spectrum disorder
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHundley, RJ, Shui, AM, Malow, BA
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume46
Pagination3448–3457
Keywordsairp
Summary

Lead Author
Rachel Hundley

Study Aims/Objectives
To better understand the relationship between different types of repetitive behaviors and sleep problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Methods - Sample, Procedure, Study Measures, Analysis
Researchers used data from 459 boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They looked at information from interviews and questionnaires about sleep and behavior that the children’s parents had completed through other studies.

Results – Main Finding(s)
The study showed that repetitive behaviors in ASD can be separated into two types: (1) repetitive and sensory seeking behavior and (2) insisting on sameness (e.g., resisting change). The first type, repetitive and sensory seeking behavior, was associated with sleep problems.

Conclusion – Summary Statement
Repetitive behaviors can accurately be broken down into repetitive motions and an insistence on things staying the same or being done in the same way. The group’s prediction that children who engaged in high rates of repetitive behaviors would have more sleep problems was confirmed. Children’s insistence on sameness was not associated with sleep problems.

PubMed ID27511195