Evidence-based review of subjective pediatric sleep measures

Amy S Lewandowski, Marisol Toliver-Sokol, Tonya M Palermo
Journal of Pediatric Psychology 2011, 36 (7): 780-93

OBJECTIVE: This manuscript provides an evidence-based psychometric review of parent and child-report pediatric sleep measures using criteria developed by the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 54 Evidence-Based Assessment (EBA) Task Force.

METHODS: Twenty-one measures were reviewed: four measures of daytime sleepiness, four measures of sleep habits/hygiene, two measures assessing sleep-related attitudes/cognitions, five measures of sleep initiation/maintenance, and six multidimensional sleep measures.

RESULTS: Six of the 21 measures met "well-established" evidence-based assessment criteria. An additional eight measures were rated as "approaching well-established" and seven were rated as "promising."

CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the multidimensional sleep measures received the highest ratings. Strengths and weaknesses of the measures are described. Recommendations for future pediatric sleep assessment are presented including further validation of measures, use of multiple informants, and stability of sleep measures over time.

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