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In Sleep, What Pain May Come: A Correlative Examination of Sleep Disturbances and Pediatric Chronic Pain

23 July 2010


This dissertation study investigated the bidirectional relationship of sleep and chronic pain in 100 children, ages 8 – 12. Four hypotheses were analyzed: a) children with chronic pain exhibit increased sleep disturbance, b) higher levels of psychological symptoms relate to increased severity of sleep disturbance, c) higher levels of pain relate to total sleep disturbance, and d) increased sleep disturbance relates to a reduced quality of life and impaired daily functioning. The findings suggest that children with chronic pain experience challenges in sleeping, daily functioning, and psychological well-being. This dissertation illustrates the importance of studying sleep and chronic pain as interrelated in the resulting problems of children living with chronic pain.


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