Last updated on December 2018

Impact of Beds for Kids Program on Child Sleep


Brief description of study

The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of provision of a child bed through the Beds for Kids program on objectively measured child sleep, and on daily child behavioral functioning and caregiver functioning over a 14-day period for preschool-aged children.

Detailed Study Description

Many lower-socioeconomic status (SES) children live in crowded homes and lack their own bed, which can contribute to insufficient and poor quality sleep and related poor child and family functioning. The Beds for Kids program provides beds and bedding to disadvantaged children in Philadelphia, and has been found to positively impact parent-reported child sleep in a previous pilot study. However, there is a need to determine the impact of the Beds for Kids program on objectively assessed child sleep, as well as on daily child behavior and caregiver functioning (mood and sleep). The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of provision of a child bed through the Beds for Kids program on objectively measured child sleep, and on daily child behavioral functioning and caregiver functioning over a 14-day period for preschool-aged children. This is a randomized controlled trial (RCT). Caregiver-child dyads will be assigned to the intervention group, in which they receive a bed through the Beds for Kids program after a 7-day period, or to the waitlist control group, in which they receive a bed after a 14-day period. The primary study outcome is the difference between study conditions in actigraph-derived and caregiver-reported child sleep (bedtime, bedtime variability, sleep quality, night wakings, total sleep duration) for days 7 to 14 (bed vs control), as well as compared to baseline. Thus, this is a mixed between (bed vs waitlist) and within (days 1-7 vs days 8-14) group design.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03392844

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Ariel A Williamson, PhD

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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