Prevalence of night terrors and nightmares in elementary school children: A pilot study

A. Vela-Bueno, E. O. Bixler, B. Dobladez-Blanco

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Abstract

The prevalence of night terrors and nightmares was studied in a school sample of 900 children of both sexes (age range 6-12 years) representative of all socioeconomic levels. Of the 487 children for whom valid questionnaires were returned, 6% had night terrors, whereas 22% had nightmares. Across the successive age groups both disorders showed a general decline; in each disorder, the prevalence for the 6-8 year old group was moderately higher than that for the 9-12 year old group. These findings provide evidence in support of the maturation/developmental nature of these two sleep disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-188
Number of pages12
JournalResearch Communications in Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavior
Volume10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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