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Evidence for similarities between adolescents and parents in sleep patterns
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 1192546
Author(s) Brand, Serge; Gerber, Markus; Hatzinger, Martin; Beck, Johannes; Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith
Author(s) at UniBasel Hatzinger, Martin
Beck, Johannes
Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith
Brand, Serge
Gerber, Markus
Year 2009
Title Evidence for similarities between adolescents and parents in sleep patterns
Journal Sleep medicine
Volume 10
Number 10
Pages / Article-Number 1124-31
Keywords Adolescents, Parents, Sleep patterns, Parenting style, Family, SEM
Abstract OBJECTIVE: Sleep in adolescence may vary according to strain and environmental factors. In particular, parents' behavior may affect their children's psychological functioning and sleep. However, no data have been gathered with respect to parents and their adolescent children's concurrent sleep patterns. This was the aim of the present study, together with exploration of the possible influence of parenting style on adolescents' sleep. METHODS: A total of 293 adolescents (mean age: 17.55; 214 females, 79 males) completed several questionnaires regarding their own psychological functioning as well as a sleep log for seven consecutive days. Additionally, adolescents rated parents' sleep and parenting styles. RESULTS: Adolescents' and parents' sleep patterns proved to be correlated. Moreover, mother's sleep was related to adolescents' psychological functioning. However, SEM showed that mother's sleep influenced adolescents' sleep not directly, but indirectly, via parenting style and adolescents' psychological functioning. CONCLUSIONS: Sleep patterns of parents and their adolescent children show similarities. Moreover, mother's poor sleep has a direct impact on parenting style, which in turn affects adolescents' psychological functioning and sleep. Therefore, sleep problems in adolescents may mirror an unfavorable parenting style and sleep complaints among mothers. These conclusions might usefully inform family counseling and treatment of adults' and adolescents' sleep complaints.
Publisher Elsevier
ISSN/ISBN 1389-9457
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1016/j.sleep.2008.12.013
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000272763800011
Document type (ISI) Article

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