Construction of a telephone interview to assess the relationship between mood and sleep in adolescence

Salvatore Settineri, Antongiulio Vitetta, Carmela Mento, Giusy Fanara, Rosalia Silvestri, Filippo Tatì, Rosario Grugno, Francesco Cordici, Fabio Conte, Giovanni Polimeni, Laura Gitto, Placido Bramanti

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Telephone interviews have been used extensively as a tool to explore and assess sleep disorders and psychopathological conditions. The aim of this study was to set up and validate a telephone interview aimed at assessing the correlation between mood and sleep variables in adolescents. The study included 16-18 years subjects. A total of approximately 4,000 calls were made; 529 adolescents were finally enrolled. The questionnaire was divided into two parts: the first one focused on affective variables, the second one explored sleep variables. A factorial analysis was carried out to explore the structure of the questionnaire according to two factors: the first, which we labeled "affective factor", and the second, "quality of sleep". A positive correlation was found regarding the feeling of wellbeing on awakening. A negative correlation was found between feeling of wellbeing on awakening and daytime drowsiness. In adolescence, increased daytime sleepiness seemed to correlate with worsening mood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-465
Number of pages7
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • Adolescence
  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Telephone interviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)


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