Investigation of sleep patterns among children with PDD in Korea


Children’s sleep problems affect daytime behaviors and the sleep quality of the other family members.Sleep disturbance were reported by almost 40~80% young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), and the sleep problems were reported by almost 70% of 210 Hong Kong families with a young child with PDD(Allik, Larsson, & Smedje, 2006; Couturier et al., 2005).Schreck and colleagues demonstrated that short sleep duration was associated with socials skills deficit, stereotypic behavior and increased overall autism scores. Children with PDD described by their parents as “poor sleepers” had more diffifulties with reciprocal social interation on dhe Autism Diagnostic Obervation Schedule and higher scores related to affective problems on the Child Behavior Checklist. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the sleep problems in Korean children with PDD. Mothers of children with PDD and typically developing children (age 4-12) completed Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ).


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