Prospective longitudinal associations between persistent sleep problems in childhood and anxiety and depression disorders in adulthood.

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Journal Article

The objective of this study was to examine the associations between persistent childhood sleep problems and adulthood anxiety and depression. Parents of 943 children (52% male) participating in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study provided information on their children's sleep and internalizing problems at ages 5, 7, and 9 years. When the participants were 21 and 26 years, adult anxiety and depression were diagnosed using a standardized diagnostic interview. After controlling for childhood internalizing problems, sex, and socioeconomic status, persistent sleep problems in childhood predicted adulthood anxiety disorders (OR (95% CI) = 1.60 (1.05-2.45), p = .030) but not depressive disorders (OR (95% CI) = .99 (.63-1.56), p = .959). Persistent sleep problems in childhood may be an early risk indicator of anxiety in adulthood.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gregory, AM; Caspi, A; Eley, TC; Moffitt, TE; Oconnor, TG; Poulton, R

Published Date

  • April 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 157 - 163

PubMed ID

  • 15839494

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15839494

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2835

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-0627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10802-005-1824-0

Language

  • eng