Distinct mechanisms underlie associations between forms of childhood maltreatment and disruptive nocturnal behaviors

Charlotte A M Cecil*, Essi Viding, Eamon J McCrory, Alice M Gregory

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Abstract

Childhood maltreatment is associated with risk for sleep disturbances, including Disruptive Nocturnal Behaviors (DNBs). Yet, little is known regarding associations between specific forms of maltreatment and DNBs, or factors that mediate and moderate these associations. Data from a community sample of high-risk youth (n = 193; M = 18.87 years old) indicated that self-reported emotional and sexual abuse during childhood made specific contributions to DNBs at the time of assessment. Trauma-related psychopathology mediated the effects of emotional abuse. Furthermore, executive function moderated the effects of sexual abuse. Findings suggest that distinct mechanisms underlie associations between maltreatment types and DNBs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-199
Number of pages19
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2015

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