SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Sheares, B. J., Kattan, M., Leu, C.-S., Lamm, C. I., Dorsey, K. B., & Evans, D. (2013). Sleep problems in urban, minority, early-school-aged children more prevalent than previously recognized. Clinical Pediatrics, 52, 302–309.

Abstract: Objectives: To use the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ) to characterize sleep problems in a group of 5- to 6-year-old minority children living in urban communities and to compare our findings with data from 5- to 6-year-old children in the original CSHQ validation study. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was used to collect sleep data from parents using the CSHQ. Results: The CSHQ was completed by 160 parents; 150 (94%) scored ≥41, indicating a sleep problem. The prevalence of having sleep problems for our minority community sample was significantly higher than the original community sample (94% vs. 23%, P < .001). The minority sample also had significantly higher mean total CSHQ scores (51.5 vs. 37.9, P < .001) and higher scores across all eight subscales of the CSHQ (P < .001 for all comparisons). Conclusions: The results suggest that sleep problems may be more prevalent in urban, early-school-aged minority children than previously reported.

Journal Article 2: Kruger, J., Nelson, K., Klein, P., McCurdy, L. E., Pride, P., & Ady, J. C. (2010). Building on partnerships: Reconnecting kids with nature for health benefitsHealth Promotion Practice, 11, 340–346.

Abstract: In April 2008, several federal and nonprofit agencies organized an informational Web-based meeting titled “Reconnecting Kids with Nature for Health Benefits.” This online meeting was convened by the Society for Public Health Education and delivered to public health educators, health professionals, environmental educators, and land conservationists to raise awareness of national efforts to promote children’s involvement in outdoor recreation. This article describes eight programs discussed at this meeting. For public health professionals, partnership with land-management agencies conducting such programs may be an effective way to increase physical activity levels among children.