ERIC Number: ED232104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb-1
Reference Count: 0
Insomnia among Adolescents: Implications for Counselors.
Morrison, Jack R.
Adolescent underachievers may be, in fact, victims of insomnia or other types of sleep disorders. Insomnia is a greatly overlooked affliction that affects approximately 13% of the adolescent population, creating daytime side-effects that could impair intellectual functioning, such as imposing learning constraints. Poor sleepers among the adolescent population tend to describe themselves in negative terms and have poor self-images. Most sleep disorders among adolescents have behavioral causes. Behavioral self-management techniques have proved valuable in alleviating the problem. Self-management techniques attempt to teach the person the skills needed to solve current sleep problems as well as future problems, should they arise. Insomnia, the same as sleep, is viewed as a habit; as such, it can be treated with techniques other than the sleeping pill. Early intervention is necessary; parents can identify whether the adolescent has a sleep disorder or not. School personnel, particularly counselors and school psychologists, should be aware of this disorder when counseling adolescent clients. Insomnia is an affliction that can be overcome in a relatively short, safe and healthy manner. If left untreated, adolescent insomniacs usually become adult insomniacs. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Insomnia; Self Management
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Personnel and Guidance Association (Los Angeles, CA, February 18-21, 1983).