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Hoyt, Lindsay Till; Maslowsky, Julie; Olson, Julie S.; Harvey, Allison G.; Deardorff, Julianna; & Ozer, Emily J. (2018). Adolescent Sleep Barriers: Profiles within a Diverse Sample of Urban Youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47(10), 2169-2180.


Most adolescents face numerous obstacles to good sleep, which may undermine healthy development. In this study, we used latent class analysis and identified four categories of sleep barriers in a diverse sample of 553 urban youth (57% female). The majority profile, School/Screens Barriers, reported the most homework and extracurricular barriers, along with high screen time. The Home/Screens Barriers class (i.e., high environmental noise, light, screen use) and the High/Social Barriers class (i.e., high barriers across domains, particularly social) reported the poorest sleep quality and highest depressive/anxiety symptoms. The Minimal Barriers class-predominately male, with low depressive/anxiety symptoms-reported more sleep per night. We discuss implications of our findings for targeting interventions to address poor adolescent sleep among specific clusters of students.


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Journal of Youth and Adolescence


Hoyt, Lindsay Till
Maslowsky, Julie
Olson, Julie S.
Harvey, Allison G.
Deardorff, Julianna
Ozer, Emily J.