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    “Tell Me More About Your Child’s Sleep”: A Qualitative Investigation Of Sleep Problems In Children With ADHD

    Bondopadhyay, Upasana and McGrath, Jane and Coogan, Andrew (2023) “Tell Me More About Your Child’s Sleep”: A Qualitative Investigation Of Sleep Problems In Children With ADHD. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1540-2002

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    Objective: To investigate parental experiences and perceptions of sleep problems in their children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the perceived impacts of sleep problems and coping strategies deployed by parents.Methods: Semi-structured interviews with twenty-six parents of pre- adolescent children with a diagnosis of ADHD, followed by thematic analysis of the interview transcripts.Results: Three themes were generated from the data: Children’s Sleep Difficulties; Impacts of Children’s Sleep; and Improving Children’s Sleep. Sleep initiation problems in children with ADHD were commonly reported by parents, were perceived to be linked in a bidirectional manner with executive and emotional problems, and were reported as being disruptive to parental sleep. Some parents reported that their children’s sleep problems were the initial prompt that lead to a diagnosis of ADHD. Parents reported utilizing a range of coping strategies to mitigate sleep problems, such as controlling the bedroom sensory environment and using emotional “wind down” as part of the bedtime routine. Some parents endorsed a beneficial effect of melatonin on their children’s sleep.Conclusions: Sleep problems in children with ADHD were perceived as important issues by parents. Equipping parents with evidence-based strate-gies for the management of their children’s sleep may lead to benefits for the children, parents and wider household.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Child’s Sleep; Qualitative Investigation; Sleep Problems; Children; ADHD;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 17489
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    Depositing User: Dr. Andrew Coogan
    Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2023 13:58
    Journal or Publication Title: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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