Title: Sleep actigraphy pattern and behavioral/emotional difficulties in kindergarten children : association with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) activity
Authors : Hatzinger, Martin
Brand, Serge
Perren, Sonja
Stadelmann, Stephanie
von Wyl, Agnes
von Klitzing, Kai
Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith
Published in : Journal of Psychiatric Research
Volume(Issue) : 44
Issue : 4
Pages : 253
Pages to: 261
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Pergamon Press
Issue Date: 2010
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Pre-school child; Actigraphy; HPA system; Saliva cortisol; Sleep pattern; Psychosocial assessment
Subject (DDC) : 150: Psychology
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Background: Various studies of adult endocrinology and sleep show close connections between poor sleep quality, deterioration of the HPA axis and negative psychological characteristics. However, the extent to which these associations may have already emerged and developed in childhood remains unclear. Methods: A total of 82 preschoolers (age 4.91 ± 0.48) underwent activity monitoring for seven consecutive days and nights, wearing a digital movement-measuring instrument. Additionally, on the first and on the last morning of sleep registration, the activity of the HPA axis was assessed via the amount of cortisol in the saliva. Psychological and behavioral assessments were also made. Results: Three sub-groups of good (22%), normal (58.5%) and poor (19.5%) sleepers were distinguished. Poor sleep patterns were associated with higher HPA activity and with behavioral/emotional difficulties. Conclusions: The interplay between unfavorable sleep patterns, deterioration of the HPA axis and behavioral/emotional difficulties is already apparent in pre-school children.
Departement: Angewandte Psychologie
Organisational Unit: Psychological Institute (PI)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2009.08.012
ISSN: 0022-3956
1879-1379
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/3501
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Angewandte Psychologie

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