Comparison of Sleep Attitudes and Beliefs among Older Adult Vietnamese Migrants and Australians with and without Insomnia

Nguyen, Sandra Yung (2017) Comparison of Sleep Attitudes and Beliefs among Older Adult Vietnamese Migrants and Australians with and without Insomnia. Other Degree thesis, Victoria University.


Sleep is an essential part of human life and is associated with both physical and mental health. When, where and how people sleep is known to vary across different cultures (Glaskin and Chenhall, 2013) but very little is documented about whether there are significant differences in attitudes and beliefs about sleep across different cultures or different ethnic groups. Previous research has found that both dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes about sleep and poor sleep hygiene knowledge can contribute to sleeping problems, especially for those with insomnia. As non-pharmacological treatments for insomnia often include addressing cognitive aspects related to sleep it is important that there is a good understanding of how sleep beliefs and attitudes may vary across groups and individuals, including possible ethnic differences. However, there has been no research, to the author’s knowledge, investigating the possible differences in sleep attitudes and beliefs between older adult Vietnamese migrants and Australians. This study aimed to examine the dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes about sleep, sleep hygiene knowledge and sleep perceptions between these two ethnic groups. Sex differences on the dependent variables were also of interest. Insomnia status was addressed as it is a possible confound. The participants consisted of 207 subjects (100 Vietnamese and 107 Australians). There were 36 males and 54 females for the Vietnamese sample with a mean age of 65.50 years (SD = 5.62). The Australian sample consisted of 50 males and 57 females with a mean age of 68.82 years (SD = 7.32).

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Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Item type Thesis (Other Degree thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1109 Neurosciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Current > Division/Research > College of Health and Biomedicine
Keywords sleep disorders, chronic insomnia, health, therapy, psychometrics, sleep education, cross-cultural analysis, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sleeping patterns, depression, fears, anxiety, arousal, causes of insomnia, poor behaviour, cognition, cognitive model, cultural model, gender, sex differences, Australia
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