LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF CBT-I IN GROUPS FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC INSOMNIA

Oral Session 3
Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 10:40am-12:10pm | Room 342B

10:55am-11:10am
LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF CBT-I IN GROUPS FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC INSOMNIA

Authors:
Angelika Schlarb (Germany)*
Isabel Bihlmaier (Germany)

Introduction

Insomnia is associated with various daytime impairments as concentration deficits, learning difficulties and emotional dysregulation. Therefore, early and effective treatment is necessary. This intervention study evaluates long-term effects of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) for school-age children and their parents. CBT-I was implemented in three sessions for children and three sessions for parents.

Materials and methods

More than 110 children with chronic childhood insomnia and their parents were randomly assigned to a wait-list (WL) control condition or group-treatment. Various sleep related instruments were implemented as sleep diary, actigraphy and questionnaires like CSHQ, CSC etc.

Results

According to subjective measures as well as objective actigraphy, children in the CBT-I condition showed significantly greater improvements in sleep behavior immediately after the treatment compared to the WL group. Improvements in sleep behavior after CBT-I were stable over the follow-up assessments up to one year.

Conclusions

The present study is the first randomized controlled group based and manualized trial that provides evidence for the long-term effectiveness of CBT-I in treating school-age children with chronic insomnia.

Acknowledgements

The authors like to thank Dr. Velten-Schurian for her help with the study.