Sleep Recall and Dream content with ADHD children
The study explores dream recall frequency and dream content in children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. (ADHD) There have been many sleep complaints about children and adults with ADHD. The hypothesis of dreaming is that when someone is awake if reflects what they will dream about. In studies it shows that adults and children with ADHD have dreams that correlate with the daily activities going on in their life. Children with ADHD had more negative, physical aggression towards the dreamer, because the children are not aware that they have ADHD and as a reaction of their behavior they are recipients of aggression from other children. Children with ADHD also had better dream recall due to the sleep disturbances found in ADHD children. They are able to remember their dreams better because it is still fresh in their memory from waking up at night.
The method used in this study was a Socio-Demographic Questionnaire and Dream Questionnaire. In the study the parents of the child with ADHD would fill out a simple questionnaire about the child’s age, gender, and number of siblings. The child would complete the dream questionnaire regarding their dream recall by a number scale from zero to six. They would also rate their dreams of how intense and emotional they were compared to children without ADHD. The study was adopted by Schredl et al and included realism/bizarreness, positive and negative emotions, number of dream characters and occurrence of verbal and physical interactions. There were 103 children with ADHD and 100 children without ADHD that were tested. The age group ranged from 8-14 years of age and about fifty percent boys and fifty percent girls.
The ending result was the dream recall frequency was slightly higher in children with ADHD, but not much of a difference. Also the emotional intensity of children with ADHD was much higher than the children without ADHD. Overall...
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