Carer's views of sleep disorders in adults with intellectual disabilities

Triantafyllopoulou, Paraskevi, Murphy, Glynis H., McGill, Peter (2012) Carer's views of sleep disorders in adults with intellectual disabilities. In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 56 (7-8). p. 671. Wiley (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01583_3.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Aim: To identify the most common sleep problems carers believe adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) tend to experience; investigate whether the degree of ID affects sleep problems; and, look at whether carers’ views of the individuals’ challenging behaviours correlate with sleep problems. Method: The total adult population registered as having ID in a South London NHS Trust and their carers were contacted, out of which 155 participated in the study. Carers completed the Children’s Sleep Habit Questionnaire (adapted for adults), the functional assessments survey (investigating physical and intellectual abilities), and the Short Behaviours That Challenge Checklist. Results: Carers reported high prevalence of sleep problems. The most problematic areas were found to be sleep onset delay, sleep duration, night waking and daytime sleepiness followed by parasomnias and sleep disordered breathing. Conclusions: Findings confirmed that adults with ID experience sleep problems, with specific sleep problems highlighted within this population. It was also confirmed that adults with severe ID and challenging behaviour experience more sleep problems than adults with higher functioning abilities and no challenging behaviours. Future research should concentrate on specific techniques for treating sleep problems and perhaps investigate in more depth the correlation between severity of ID, challenging behaviour, and sleep.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01583_3.x
Additional information: Special Issue: A World of Potential Meeting Abstract
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2013 09:26 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 10:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34309 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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