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Future Directions in Sleep and Developmental Psychopathology

Future Directions in Sleep and Developmental Psychopathology

Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 53 46(2): 295-301

It is critical for psychologists to gain a better understanding about the intersection between sleep and developmental psychopathology. However, while many strive to answer the question of whether sleep causes developmental psychopathology, or vice versa, ultimately the relationship between sleep and developmental psychopathology is complex and dynamic. This article considers future directions in the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology that go beyond this mechanistic question, highlighting areas important to address for clinicians and researchers who strive to better understand how best to serve children and adolescents with developmental psychopathology. Questions are presented about what is normal in terms of sleep across development, the role of individual variability in terms of sleep needs and vulnerability to sleep loss, and how sleep may serve as a risk or resilience factor for developmental psychopathology, concluding with considerations for interventions.

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Accession: 057913184

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PMID: 27880041

DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1236727

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