A sleep habits questionnaire for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Malow BA, Crowe C, Henderson L, McGrew SG, Wang L, Song Y, Stone WL
J Child Neurol. 2009 24 (1): 19-24

PMID: 19168814 · DOI:10.1177/0883073808321044

Sleep difficulties in children with autism spectrum disorders are common, with poor sleep hygiene a contributing factor. We developed the Family Inventory of Sleep Habits to measure sleep hygiene in this population. Its validity and reliability in 2 groups of children aged 4 to 10 years, those with a clinical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, and those who are typically developing are described. In both groups, total and modified (reflecting insomnia subscales) scores on the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire showed significant negative correlations with the total score. The Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III was significantly correlated with total score in the autism spectrum group but not in the typically developing group. Age and socioeconomic status were not correlated with total score in either group. This preliminary work suggests that the Family Inventory of Sleep Habits is a valid and reliable measure of sleep hygiene in autism spectrum disorders.

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Autistic Disorder Child Child, Preschool Female Habits Health Status Humans Male Polysomnography Psychometrics Reproducibility of Results Sleep Surveys and Questionnaires

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