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Sleep Disorders
Volume 2014, Article ID 379450, 5 pages
Research Article

Sleep and Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms in Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

1Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital, 00029 Helsinki, Finland
2Department of Child Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Central Hospital, Lastenlinnantie 2, 00029 Helsinki, Finland
3Pediatric Research Centre, Tampere University, 33014 Tampere, Finland

Received 18 February 2014; Revised 11 April 2014; Accepted 25 April 2014; Published 4 May 2014

Academic Editor: Michel M. Billiard

Copyright © 2014 Teija Pirinen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The current study assessed the associations between sleep and psychosocial symptoms in 157 Finnish adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Sleep trouble was self-rated in Sleep Self-Report (SSR) and in Youth Self-Report (YSR). Psychosocial symptoms of the adolescents were assessed by the YSR and Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). Patients reporting sleep trouble had significantly more psychosocial symptoms than their counterparts without sleep trouble. This was shown in the CBCL and YSR scales of total problems ( ), anxious/depressed mood ( ), and aggressive behavior ( ). Additionally, SSR sleep problem subscale scores indicating lower sleep quality (bedtime, sleep behavior) associated significantly with attention problems ( ). These results point out that sleep trouble should be recognized and treated in adolescents with IBD to possibly avoid the emerging of psychosocial symptoms.