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Prospective longitudinal associations between persistent sleep problems in childhood and anxiety and depression disorders in adulthood

Gregory, Alice M.; Caspi, Avshalom; Eley, Thalia C.; Moffitt, Terrie E.; O'Connor, Thomas G. and Poulton, Richie. 2005. Prospective longitudinal associations between persistent sleep problems in childhood and anxiety and depression disorders in adulthood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33(2), pp. 157-163. ISSN 0091-0627 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The objective of this study was to examine the associations between persistent childhood sleep problems and adulthood anxiety and depression. Parents of 943 children (52% male) participating in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study provided information on their children’s sleep and internalizing problems at ages 5, 7, and 9 years. When the participants were 21 and 26 years, adult anxiety and depression were diagnosed using a standardized diagnostic interview. After controlling for childhood internalizing problems, sex, and socioeconomic status, persistent sleep problems in childhood predicted adulthood anxiety disorders (OR (95% CI) = 1.60 (1.05– 2.45), p = .030) but not depressive disorders (OR (95% CI) = .99 (.63–1.56), p = .959). Persistent sleep problems in childhood may be an early risk indicator of anxiety in adulthood.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-005-1824-0

Additional Information:

The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com

Keywords:

sleep problems; anxiety; depression

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
April 2005Published

Item ID:

32

Date Deposited:

11 Aug 2008 11:13

Last Modified:

09 Jul 2018 16:42

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/32

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