Adolescence is a time of changes in the development of sleep patterns and an increased susceptibility to sleep disorders. Sleep problems are likely to be exacerbated during incarceration, which can have consequences for mental health and future offenses. This longitudinal, multi-method study uses actigraph, electronic daily diary assessments, structured interviews, collateral reports, and official records to examine the effect of incarceration on adolescent sleep, mental health, and delinquency. Adolescents from three samples (incarcerated, community probation, and never arrested) are assessed across a period of two years. This study is funded by the National Science Foundation and an American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grant.
PI: April Gile Thomas, Ph.D. (University of Texas at El Paso)
Co-PI: Caitlin Cavanagh, Ph.D. (Michigan State University)
Jennifer Eno Louden, Ph.D. (University of Texas at El Paso)
Adriana Galván, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)
Adam Fetterman, Ph.D. (University of Houston)