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A Psychological Intervention Prevents Insomnia in Adolescents

A cognitive-behavioural therapy designed by Charles Morin demonstrates its effectiveness in preventing insomnia in at-risk youths

A short-term psychological intervention, inspired by a therapy designed by Professor Charles Morin at Université Laval, reduces the risk of insomnia by 71% in at-risk adolescents. The details of this study, conducted by the team of Yun-Kwok Wing, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Professor Morin, from Université Laval’s School of Psychology and CERVO Brain Research Centre, have just been published in the journal Pediatrics.

The researchers recruited 242 young people aged 12 to 18 with sleep problems whose severity was below the DSM-5 criteria for insomnia. Their sleep was disturbed at least once a month, but less than three times a week. In addition, these youth came from families where at least one parent had insomnia or had suffered from insomnia in the past. “Children from these families are themselves three times more likely to suffer from insomnia one day,” said Professor Morin.

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Research article: A Prevention Program for Insomnia in At-risk Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Study Ngan Yin Chan, Shirley Xin Li, Jihui Zhang, Siu Ping Lam, Amy Pui Ling Kwok, Mandy Wai Man Yu, Joey Wing Yan Chan, Albert Martin Li, Charles M. Morin, Yun Kwok Wing; Pediatrics Mar 2021, 147 (3) e2020006833; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-006833