While there are advantages and disadvantages to the lifestyle of a military family, challenges often include frequent moves, stressful military work environments, and deployments of the active duty member to dangerous war zones. Military children often display an array of internalizing and externalizing problems, with one common problem being disrupted sleep. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the use of current technology to minimize problematic sleep behaviors affecting young children with a recently deployed parent. The intervention required parents to show their child a previously recorded DVD of the deployed parent reading a children’s book prior to the child’s bedtime. Sleep diary data were collected for two children who had been previously identified as having significant bedtime resistant behavior. A nonconcurrent, multiple-baselines across participants research design was used to evaluate data with two data collection phases for both participants. Analyses revealed considerable reductions in the number of bedtime resistant behaviors post-intervention and large effect sizes were yielded for the intervention phases for both participants. Implications for clinical practice are discussed.
Crawford, Jessica; Jewell, Jeremy; Hupp, Stephen; Everett, Greg; and Hall, Lacey, "Assessing the Effectiveness of a Bedtime Behavioral Intervention for Military Children with a Deployed Parent" (2016). SIUE Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. 130.