Sleep and Delinquency

An Emerging Area of Research

Authored by: Samantha S. Clinkinbeard , Pete Simi

Routledge International Handbook of Delinquency and Health

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9780367256920
eBook ISBN: 9780429289194
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The importance of sufficient and high-quality sleep is widely recognized across the medical field, educators, and more broadly. In recent years, a growing number of studies have explored whether sleep deprivation may influence delinquent behavior. This chapter provides an overview of the literature examining the relationship between sleep and delinquency. As part of this, we compare differences in the operationalization and measurement of both sleep and delinquency and discuss how these differences may affect results. Finally, we discuss the limitations of current research and areas to be explored in future studies.

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