Degree Granting Department
Psychological and Social Foundations
Kathy Bradley-Klug, Ph.D.
Michael Curtis, Ph.D.
John Ferron, Ph.D.
Health, Early Intervention, Pediatrics, Pre-School, ADHD
The purpose of this study was to examine prevalence rates of several sleep disorders symptoms in young children, and the relationship between symptoms of pediatric sleep disorders and other childhood problems. Eighty-six children aged 3 to 5 years were studied through parent report and academic assessment. Children rated as high risk for having a sleep disorder displayed more externalizing and internalizing problems, less developed social skills, and lower scores on a measure of pre-academic skills, as compared to children whose sleep was rated in the normal range. It was found that 33% of children were at high risk for having at least one type of sleep disorder. Early identification and intervention is crucial in order to assist children suffering from sleep disorders.
Scholar Commons Citation
Witte, Rachel B., "The Relationship Between Sleep, Behavior, and Pre-Academic Skills In Pre-Kindergarteners" (2006). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.