Journal article

Exploring Behavioral Sleep Problems in Children With ADHD and Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder

Simone Thomas, Kate Lycett, Nicole Papadopoulos, Emma Sciberras, Nicole Rinehart



OBJECTIVE: This study (a) compared behavioral sleep problems in children with comorbid ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with those with ADHD and (b) examined child/family factors associated with sleep problems. METHOD: Cross-sectional study comparison of 392 children with a confirmed ADHD diagnosis (ADHD+ASD, n=93, ADHD, n=299) recruited from 21 peadiatric practises in Victoria, Australia. Data were collected from parents. Key measures included the Child Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ). RESULTS: Children with ADHD + ASD experienced similar levels and types of behavioral sleep problems compared with those with ADHD. In both groups, the presence of co-occurring internalizing and exter..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowships in Population Health

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This project is funded by a Project Grant from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; 607362) and The Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI). E.S. is funded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowships in Population Health (1037159). K.L. is funded by an MCRI Postgraduate Health Scholarship. S.T. is funded by a Rotary Health Illawarra Sunrise scholarship. MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.