Oral Session 3
Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 10:40am-12:10pm | Room 342B
LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF CBT-I IN GROUPS FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC INSOMNIA
Angelika Schlarb (Germany)*
Isabel Bihlmaier (Germany)
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.
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.
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.
The authors like to thank Dr. Velten-Schurian for her help with the study.