Sleep problems in children with developmental disorders

Surtees, Andrew D. R. (2016). Sleep problems in children with developmental disorders. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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This thesis comprises two volumes. The first chapter of Volume One contains a meta-analysis of studies comparing sleep in people with and without intellectual disabilities. The key finding was that people with intellectual disabilities slept for, on average, 23 minutes less each night and experienced poorer sleep quality. Chapter Two details an empirical study of sleep in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and a parent-identified sleep problem. Actigraphy and diary measures found no differences between the children with ASD and a typically developing comparison group. Questionnaires identified numerous sleep problems that were more commonly reported in the children with ASD. Chapter Three is a lay summary of the previous chapters.

Volume Two comprises four Case Practice Reports. Chapter One details the formulation of a 58-year-old man with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, from Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) and Systemic perspectives. Chapter Two is a service evaluation of a group intervention for people with Long Term Conditions. Chapter Three is a Single Case Experimental Design to evaluate the effectiveness of a CBT intervention for sleep and mood problems in a 14-year-old girl. Chapter Four is a case study of a behavioural intervention for challenging behaviour with a 26-year-old man with a severe intellectual disability.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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