ERIC Number: EJ1178765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Parental Sleep Quality and Behavior Problems of Children with Autism
Mihaila, Iulia; Hartley, Sigan L.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v22 n3 p236-244 Apr 2018
This study explored the impact of parental sleep quality on the experience of behavior problems by children with autism spectrum disorder. A 14-day daily diary was used in a sample of 176 mother-father couples. Dyadic multilevel models were conducted to examine the between-person and within-person effects of previous-night sleep quality on parents' rating of level of behavior problems by the child with autism spectrum disorder and level of positive and negative affect. Results indicated that persistently poor sleep quality was associated with between-person differences in initial rating of level of behavior problems by the child with autism spectrum disorder for mothers. At a within-person level, previous-night sleep quality moderated the association between rating of level of behavior problems by the child with autism spectrum disorder and level of positive and negative affect in fathers. Child-related stressors exerted less influence on fathers' affect following a day with poor sleep quality. Interventions aimed at enhancing sleep quality in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder may have important effects on parental psychological well-being.
Descriptors: Parents, Sleep, Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Behavior Problems, Mothers, Correlation, Affective Behavior, Fathers, Stress Variables, Questionnaires, Online Surveys, Child Behavior, Demography, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Scales of Independent Behavior
Grant or Contract Numbers: NIMHR01MH099190; P30HD03352