TitleEffects of a workplace intervention on sleep in employees' children.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMcHale, SM, Lawson, KM, Chandler, KD, Casper, L, Kelly, EL, Buxton, O
JournalJ Adolesc Health
Volume56
Issue6
Pagination672-7
Date Published2015 Jun
ISSN1879-1972
KeywordsAdolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Child, Female, Health Promotion, Humans, Job Satisfaction, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Health, Parent-Child Relations, Sleep, Work Schedule Tolerance, Workplace
Abstract
 

PURPOSE: The implications of sleep patterns for adolescent health are well established, but we know less about larger contextual influences on youth sleep. We focused on parents' workplace experiences as extrafamilial forces that may affect youth sleep.

METHODS: In a group-randomized trial focused on employee work groups in the information technology division of a Fortune 500 company, we tested whether a workplace intervention improved sleep latency, duration, night-to-night variability in duration, and quality of sleep of employees' offspring, aged 9-17 years. The intervention was aimed at promoting employees' schedule control and supervisor support for personal and family life to decrease employees' work-family conflict and thereby promote the health of employees, their families, and the work organization. Analyses focused on 93 parent-adolescent dyads (57 dyads in the intervention and 46 in the comparison group) that completed baseline and 12-month follow-up home interviews and a series of telephone diary interviews that were conducted on eight consecutive evenings at each wave.

RESULTS: Intent-to-treat analyses of the diary interview data revealed main effects of the intervention on youth's sleep latency, night-to-night variability in sleep duration, and sleep quality, but not sleep duration.

CONCLUSIONS: The intervention focused on parents' work conditions, not on their parenting or parent-child relationships, attesting to the role of larger contextual influences on youth sleep and the importance of parents' work experiences in the health of their children.

DOI10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.02.014
Alternate JournalJ Adolesc Health
PubMed ID26003584
PubMed Central IDPMC4452377
Grant ListU01OH008788 / OH / NIOSH CDC HHS / United States
U01 HD051217 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD051256 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01HD059773 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01HD051276 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01AG027669 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01 OH008788 / OH / NIOSH CDC HHS / United States
U01HD051217 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 AG027669 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 HL107240 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD059773 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD051276 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD051218 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01HD051256 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01HD051218 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States