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Parents of children with developmental disability have insufficient knowledge about healthy sleep in children

Demet Gözaçan Karabulut
Ayşe Numanoğlu Akbaş

Gaziantep Islam Science and Technology University, Turkey
Sivas Cumhuriyet University, Turkey
Advances in Rehabilitation, 2023, 37(2), 38–47
Online publish date: 2023/06/26
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Since sleep disorders bring many physical and psychological problems in childhood, it is important for parents to have sufficient knowledge about healthy and problematic sleep to detect the sleep disorders from the earliest period. The aim of this study was to examine parents’ of children with developmental disability knowledge about healthy sleep in children.

Material and methods
The study included 146 children with developmental disability between the ages of 2-17 years old. Children’s sleep durations were classified into two groups according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommendations (sleeps at recommended levels/sleeps below the recommended levels). The difference between these groups was analyzed with the Independent Samples T Test.

The mean age of the children with developmental disabilities was 5.48 ± 2.42 years. In this study, only 2.74% of the parents of children with developmental disability answered more than 50% of the questions correctly. Parents of children who sleep at recommended levels had higher PSKI total scores than parents of children who sleep below the recommended levels (p = 0.047).

It was determined that parents have insufficient knowledge about healthy sleep in children. This can explain the difference between children’s sleep-related characteristics, and emphasize the need to increase the number of studies on the knowledge levels of parents.


children, sleep, developmental disabilities, parent

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