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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: A developmental cascade model of behavioral sleep problems, emotional and attentional self-regulation across early childhood
Authors: Berthelsen, Donna 
Nicholson, J 
Walker, S 
Williams, Kate 
Nicholson, Jan M 
Walker, Sue 
Williams, Kate E 
Publication Date: 2015
Keywords: early childhood
Abstract: This paper documents the longitudinal and reciprocal relations among behavioral sleep problems, emotional and attentional self-regulation in a population sample of 4109 children participating in the Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) – Infant Cohort. Maternal reports of children’s sleep problems and self-regulation were collected at five time points from infancy to 8-9 years of age. Longitudinal structural equation modeling supported a developmental cascade model in which sleep problems have a persistent negative effect on emotional regulation, which in turn contributes to ongoing sleep problems and poorer attentional regulation in children over time. Findings suggest that sleep behaviors are a key target for interventions that aim to improve children’s self-regulatory capacities.
Keywords: Children -- Early childhood; Child Development -- Sleep
Research collection: Journal Articles
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