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Southeastern United States' Parental Perspectives to Promote Adolescent Sleep Health
by Tompa, Steven Mark, Ph.D., Walden University, 2015, 175; 3737740
Abstract (Summary)

Many U.S. adolescents suffer from sleep disorders. Although poor sleep habits may contribute to health issues, less is known about how parental perspectives influence sleep health in adolescents. The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological study was to address a knowledge gap in understanding parental views to promote better sleep habits in adolescents. The blended theoretical framework included the theories of caring science, social learning, advocacy paradigm, and repair and restoration of sleep. Twenty parents in the Southeastern United States participated in open-ended interviews. Research questions were designed to elicit parental perspectives about recognizing unhealthy sleep habits, improving daily sleep health routines, and identifying conditions that led to consultation with health professionals. Colaizzi’s data analysis strategy demonstrated thematic parental reports of declines in attitudes, behaviors, and performances as factors for recognizing unhealthy sleep habits; consistent and routine schedules as options for promoting improved sleep habits; and irregular sleep or health problems as reasons for consultation with health professionals. Recommendations for future research include exploring other geographical locations and investigating school bus schedules interfering with early morning sleep loss. To affect positive social change, dissemination of this study’s findings to health practitioners may influence enhanced provider-patient communications and ultimately contribute to improved sleep habits among adolescents. Additionally, this study’s findings may inform health care administrators with strategies to develop effective parent and provider education programs while reducing unnecessary health services’ utilization and resulting costs for adolescent health.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Earla
Commitee: Oliphant, Jennifer, Richins, Suzanne
School: Walden University
Department: Health Services
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Behavioral psychology, Medicine, Individual & family studies, Higher education
Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescent sleep, Parental perspectives, Sleep health, Sleep medicine, Teenagers
Publication Number: 3737740
ISBN: 978-1-339-27539-0
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