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RAFIHI-FERREIRA, Renatha El et al. Sleep and behavior in children assisted in a psychology service. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.2, pp. 159-172. ISSN 1516-3687.

Sleep problems are common in childhood and can cause damage in children. There is a possible association between childhood sleep disorders and behavioral problems. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between internalizing and externalizing problems and sleep problems in children of pre-school age, assessed by their mothers through the Child Behavior Checklist ( CBCL1 ½ -5 years) when seeking care at a clinic school psychology . The study included 83 mothers of children (and their children were: 58 boys and 25 girls) whose ages ranged between 2 and 5 years. Analysis indicated that 29 % of children had sleep problems among which the most frequent were "not wanting to sleep alone" and "resist the bed". The data also suggested an association between sleep problems and internalizing (PR = 1,4; p < 0,05) and externalizing (PR = 1,4; p < 0,05) behaviors.

Keywords : insomnia; externalizing behavior; internalizing behavior; children; Child Behavior Checklist.

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