Sleep Disturbance in Adolescent Survivors of Childhood Cancer Open Access

Desaulniers, Genevieve Antoinette (2013)

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Sleep disturbances are commonly experienced by pediatric cancer patients during treatment. These sleep disturbances are known to affect physical, cognitive/behavioral, and emotional health and impact overall quality of life of these patients. Less is known, however, of the sleep patterns in children and adolescents who have survived cancer or the effects of poor sleep on this population. Adolescents in particular may be at risk for poor sleep and its adverse affects due to their developmental age. Although some research on adolescent survivors of cancer and sleep has been published, thus far these studies use subjective measures of sleep, which may not fully capture the complexities of sleep disturbance in this population. These studies are also limited by homogenous populations of survivors, and generally lack an explicit guiding theoretical or conceptual framework. A greater understanding of the nature of sleep and sleep impairments and their association with selected adverse outcomes in adolescent survivors of childhood cancers will provide a crucial foundation for the examination and identification of mechanisms underlying these problems and the development of population-specific interventions.

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Background………………………………………………………………………………1

Adolescent Sleep………………………………………………………………......1

Adolescent Health and Impaired Sleep……………………………………………2

Sleep in Pediatric Cancer………………………………………………………….3

Health and Impaired Sleep in Pediatric Cancer Patients……………………...…..4

Sleep in Pediatric Cancer Survivors…………………………………………...….4

Health and Impaired Sleep in Adolescent Survivors of Childhood Cancer……….5

Methodological Issues………………………………………………………...…..6

Conceptual Framework……………………………………………………………………8

Conceptualizing Impaired Sleep………………………………….……………….8

Future Directions - A Dissertation Proposal on Sleep in ASCC………………....8

Conclusions………………………………………………………………………………11

Appendix…………………………………………………………………………………12

References………………………………………………………………………………..13

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