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Adopted youth and sleep difficulties

Authors Radcliff Z, Baylor A, Rybarczyk B

Received 17 August 2016

Accepted for publication 10 October 2016

Published 7 December 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 165—175

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PHMT.S119958

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Roosy Aulakh


Zach Radcliff, Allison Baylor, Bruce Rybarczyk

Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA


Abstract: Sleep is a critical component of healthy development for youth, with cascading effects on youth’s biological growth, psychological well-being, and overall functioning. Increased sleep difficulties are one of many disruptions that adopted youth may face throughout the adoption process. Sleep difficulties have been frequently cited as a major concern by adoptive parents and hypothesized in the literature as a problem that may affect multiple areas of development and functioning in adopted youth. However, there is limited research exploring this relationship. Using a biopsychosocial framework, this paper reviews the extant literature to explore the development, maintenance, and impact of sleep difficulties in adopted youth. Finally, implications for future research and clinical interventions are outlined.

Keywords: adoption, sleep, youth

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