The children's report of sleep patterns (CRSP): A self-report measure of sleep for school-aged children

Lisa J. Meltzer, Kristin T. Avis, Sarah Biggs, Amy C. Reynolds, Valerie Mc Laughlin Crabtree, Katherine B. Bevans

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Study Objectives: (1) Present preliminary psychometrics for the Children's Report of Sleep Patterns (CRSP), a threemodule measure of Sleep Patterns, Sleep Hygiene, and Sleep Disturbance; and (2) explore whether the CRSP provides information about a child's sleep above and beyond parental report. Methods: A multi-method, multi-reporter approach was used to validate the CRSP with 456 children aged 8-12 years (inclusive). Participants were recruited from pediatricians' offi ces, sleep clinics/laboratories, children's hospitals, schools, and the general population. Participants completed measures of sleep habits, sleep hygiene, anxiety, and sleepiness, with actigraphy and polysomnography used to provide objective measures of child sleep. Results: The CRSP demonstrated good reliability and validity. Differences in sleep hygiene and sleep disturbances were found for children presenting to a sleep clinic/laboratory (vs. community population); for younger children (vs. older children); and for children who slept less than 8 hours or had a sleep onset later than 22:00 on actigraphy. Further, signifi cant associations were found between the CRSP and child-reported anxiety or sleepiness. Notably, approximately 40% of parents were not aware of child reported diffi culties with sleep onset latency, night wakings, or poor sleep quality. Conclusions: The three modules of the CRSP can be used together or independently, providing a reliable and valid selfreport measure of sleep patterns, sleep hygiene, and sleep disturbances for children ages 8-12 years. Children not only provide valid information about their sleep, but may provide information that would not be otherwise captured in both clinical and research settings if relying solely on parental report.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-245D
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Measurement
  • Self-report
  • Sleep
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Sleep patterns
  • Validation


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