Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Longitudinal Descriptive Study on the Sleep of Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities
by Grubbs, Emily E., M.S., Mississippi State University, 2020, 91; 28155296
Abstract (Summary)

Sleep is vital for optimal physical and mental health, as well as cognitive and social functioning. Young adults with developmental disabilities (DD) are at greater risk for physical and mental health disorders and experience limitations in cognitive and social functioning in ways that can prevent participation in meaningful activities associated with young adulthood. Sleep literature has reflected that persons with DD experience worse sleep than persons without DD. Suboptimal sleep could compromise functionality and thus participation in young adulthood activities. Not much is known however of the nature of sleep problems experienced by young adults with DD. This study is a short-term longitudinal descriptive study on the sleep of young adults with DD using actigraphy. Results identify potential sleep problems with getting enough sleep and maintaining sleep. With a better understanding of sleep issues, efforts can be made to improve the sleep, functionality, and outcomes for young adults with DD.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hardman, Alisha M.
Commitee: Elrmore-Staton, Lori D., Parker, Julie C.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Human Sciences
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 82/6(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Disability studies, Health sciences, Individual & family studies, Public Health Education, Social research, Mental health
Keywords: 7p deletion syndrome, Bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria, Developmental disabilities, Sleep study, Young adults with disabilities
Publication Number: 28155296
ISBN: 9798698592136
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