Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental and physical health of the world population. This study aims to investigate incidence of sleep-related difficulties and post-traumatic stress disorder in the school-aged children after 1 year of the pandemic. Methods: A sample of Italian children (6-12 years) was queried about their sleep behaviors after 1 year of the pandemic, answering the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ). We also evaluated trauma symptoms with the Children's Impact of Event Scale (CRIES-8). Results: Among 205 participants, 184 (89.8%) presented sleep-related difficulties. Out of all, 99 (48.3%) had a high risk to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Ninety-five (51.6%) children with sleep-related difficulties also presented an abnormal CRIES-8 total score. A correlation was found between the CSHQ total score and the CRIES-8 total score (r = 0.354, P < .01). Conclusions: The sleep-related difficulties occurring during COVID-19 outbreak may compound to increase the risk to develop post-traumatic stress disorder among Italian children.

Curatola, A., Ferretti, S., Gatto, A., Valentini, P., Giugno, G., Della Marca, G., Brunetti, V., Lazzareschi, I., The Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian School-Aged Children: Sleep-Related Difficulties and Trauma Reactions, <<JOURNAL OF CHILD NEUROLOGY>>, 2022; (May 9): 1-7. [doi:10.1177/08830738221096194] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/207424]

The Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian School-Aged Children: Sleep-Related Difficulties and Trauma Reactions

Ferretti, Serena;Gatto, Antonio;Valentini, Piero;Giugno, Giulia;Della Marca, Giacomo;Brunetti, Valerio;Lazzareschi, Ilaria
2022

Abstract

Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental and physical health of the world population. This study aims to investigate incidence of sleep-related difficulties and post-traumatic stress disorder in the school-aged children after 1 year of the pandemic. Methods: A sample of Italian children (6-12 years) was queried about their sleep behaviors after 1 year of the pandemic, answering the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ). We also evaluated trauma symptoms with the Children's Impact of Event Scale (CRIES-8). Results: Among 205 participants, 184 (89.8%) presented sleep-related difficulties. Out of all, 99 (48.3%) had a high risk to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Ninety-five (51.6%) children with sleep-related difficulties also presented an abnormal CRIES-8 total score. A correlation was found between the CSHQ total score and the CRIES-8 total score (r = 0.354, P < .01). Conclusions: The sleep-related difficulties occurring during COVID-19 outbreak may compound to increase the risk to develop post-traumatic stress disorder among Italian children.
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Curatola, A., Ferretti, S., Gatto, A., Valentini, P., Giugno, G., Della Marca, G., Brunetti, V., Lazzareschi, I., The Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian School-Aged Children: Sleep-Related Difficulties and Trauma Reactions, <<JOURNAL OF CHILD NEUROLOGY>>, 2022; (May 9): 1-7. [doi:10.1177/08830738221096194] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/207424]
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