Behaviour modification in the treatment of sleep problems occurring in young children: a controlled trial using health visitors as therapists

Authors

  • I. K. WEIR,

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    1. Child and Family Psychiatric Clinic, Lewisham, London and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Guy's Hospital, London
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  • S. DINNICK

    1. Child and Family Psychiatric Clinic, Lewisham, London and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Guy's Hospital, London
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Dr I. K. Weir, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Institute of Family Psychiatry 23 Henley Road, Ipswich IP1 3TF.

Abstract

Summary A controlled trial of behaviour modification in the treatment of sleep problems is described. The subjects were 51 children aged 4 months to 41/2 years (mean 20 months) recruited from the community by health visitors (specialist nurses based in the community). In the experimental procedure health visitors were trained and supported in the use of behaviour modification. At 6 months follow-up both control and experimental groups showed equally marked improvement. Reasons for the failure to demonstrate an effect are discussed.

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