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The relationship between Health-Related Quality of Life and sleep problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

TitleThe relationship between Health-Related Quality of Life and sleep problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsDelahaye, J, Kovacs, EA, Sikora, DM, Hall, TA, Orlich, F, Clemons, TE, van der Weerd, E, Glick, L, Kuhlthau, KA
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Lead Author
Jennifer Delahaye

Study Aims and Objectives
To examine the relationship between Health Related-Quality of Life and sleep problems among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Methods- Sample, Procedure, Study Measures, Analysis
86 children between the ages of 4 and 12 were recruited into the study from three study sites across the US. Health-Related Quality of Life was measured by parent-report through the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory. Sleep data was collected through the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire. Behavior problems, ASD severity, and cognitive ability were also measured.

Results- Main Findings
Greater overall sleep problems, shorter sleep durations and more severe sleep anxiety were associated with poorer Health-Related Quality of Life. Participants in the study were also found to have lower overall Health-Related Quality of Life scores and more sleep problems than the normative population.

Conclusion- Summary Statement
Results show a negative relationship between sleep problems and Health-Related Quality of Life. These findings indicate that interventions aimed at treating sleep problems in children with ASD may improve this group's overall Health-Related Quality of Life. By better understanding the relationship between sleep and Health-Related Quality of Life, physicians and families can provide interventions that target sleep issues and thus improve the overall quality of life for these children.

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