Parental Perceptions of Sleep Hygiene Practices of Urban, Minority School-aged Children: A Descriptive Qualitative Study
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Results from an expanding body of research suggest that sleep problems resulting in inadequate sleep may be particularly prevalent among children of minority status and/or low socioeconomic status (SES), and healthcare professionals should be especially attuned to screening for sleep problems in these populations, especially in the case of children with daytime behavioral concerns or attentional problems (Daniel, Grant, Chawla & Kothare, 2010).
The purpose of this descriptive qualitative research study was to describe the sleep hygiene practices of healthy, urban minority school children ages 6-12 years old in the Bronx from the perspective of parents /caregivers.
Focus groups were used to obtain information from 36 parents/caregivers. The parents/caregivers answered 4 open-ended questions pertaining to sleep and school children. Three themes emerged from the focus groups data, they are as followed: 1) parent/caregiver actions to ensure good quality sleep, 2) child's physical or emotional response to poor quality sleep and 3) school/daytime problems that develop from poor quality sleep.
The result of this study showed that parents/caregivers of healthy, urban, minority school age children have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to sleep practices for their children but they are not using them effectively.
The themes from the focus groups described parents'/caregivers' perceptions of children sleep practices. School nurses and nurse practitioners may use these findings to develop appropriate educational interventions to support parents'/caregivers' in implementing sleep hygiene practices for urban, minority school children that will promote quality sleep for this population.
|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||None: Degree-based Submission|
|Evidence Level||Qualitative Study, Other|
|Research Approach||Qualitative Research|
|CINAHL Subject(s)||Parental Attitudes;
Health Behavior--In Infancy and Childhood
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