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A review of the nature and treatment of sleep problems in individuals with developmental disabilities


Didden, R and Sigafoos, J, A review of the nature and treatment of sleep problems in individuals with developmental disabilities, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 22, (4) pp. 255-272. ISSN 0891-4222 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0891-4222(01)00071-3


This paper describes research on the prevalence, correlates, and treatment of sleep disorders in individuals with developmental disabilities. A significant number of individuals with developmental disabilities have disordered sleep, although prevalence estimates vary from 13% to 86%. Constitutional variables, including age, presence of physical and sensory impairments, and certain genetic syndromes and medical conditions appear to be related to sleep disturbance, but the evidence is mainly correlational and therefore cannot be said to show a causal relation. While a number of behavioral interventions have proven effective in the treatment of sleep disturbance, and drug therapy involving melatonin appears promising, epidemiologic work on the correlates of sleep disorders appear to have had little impact on treatment. Consideration of the nature of sleep disorders may enhance treatments for individuals with developmental disabilities. Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sigafoos, J (Professor Jeffrey Sigafoos)
ID Code:36141
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:86
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2005-10-12
Last Modified:2005-10-12

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