Childhood trauma and stressful life events are independently associated with sleep disturbances in adolescents

Suman K.R. Baddam, Rene L. Olvera, Craig A. Canapari, Michael J. Crowley, Douglas E Williamson

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Adolescence is a critical developmental period associated with an increase in stress, the appearance of anxiety and depressive symptoms, and changes in sleep patterns. Even though the disruption of sleep patterns in stress and anxiety and depressive disorders is well known, the independent effects of childhood trauma and stressful life events on sleep patterns are less understood. We tested the independent effects of stress (childhood trauma and stressful life events) while controlling for anxiety and depression on adolescent sleep patterns. Seven hundred fifty-two adolescents (age 12-15 years) completed self-report questionnaires about childhood trauma, stressful life events, anxiety, and depression. Four sleep factors identifying movement during sleep, sleep regularity, sleep disturbances, and sleep pressure were extracted in the principal component analysis of sleep questions. Both childhood trauma and recent stressful life events were significantly associated with sleep disturbances before and after controlling for anxiety and depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number108
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 10 2019


  • Adolescence
  • Anxiety
  • Childhood trauma
  • Depression
  • Sleep patterns
  • Stressful life events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Development
  • Genetics
  • Psychology(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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