Research Digests

  • Juliette Kennedy

    December 2019 The Bridge Editorial

    It has been 2 years since The Bridge was relaunched in its current form. Each monthly themed edition publishes summaries of selected papers from the ACAMH journals – JCPP and CAMH – and occasionally features guest research digests. Over the past two years we have covered a huge range of topics and published over 170 research summaries and counting.

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  • Noisy home environments affect autonomic reactions in infants

    Previous research has suggested that children who are exposed to a stressful environment early in life are at a higher risk of adverse long-term outcomes, including mental disorders and cognitive impairment. Now, a team of researchers in the UK have monitored autonomic reactions.

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  • Intolerance of uncertainty underlies demand avoidance behaviours in children

    Researchers in Newcastle have conducted one of the first studies to conceptualise and understand the behavioural features of the pathological demand avoidance (PDA) profile — a proposed subtype of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — in children and young people.

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  • Teacher assessments could replace high-stake testing to improve student well-being

    Many students experience anxiety and distress during exams, and these emotions can have a negative effect on achievement. Notably, one of the top-reported concerns voiced by children in the UK is the stress and anxiety associated with school work and exam performance.

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  • Supportive counselling is ineffective for managing PTSD in youth

    More than half of children and young people are exposed to potentially traumatic events,and a significant minority of those exposed go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Because PTSD can be chronic, it can have a notable impact on child development, as well as social, academic and occupational function – it is therefore imperative that effective treatments are identified and prioritized.

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  • Child anxiety symptoms affect mothers via an environmental mechanism

    Intergenerational anxiety associations in families are well reported, but the underlying mechanisms of anxiety transmission are unclear. Now, researchers in the UK and the USA have conducted the first genetically sensitive study to explore the effects of genetic and environmental anxiety transmission in families during middle childhood.

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  • Parental consanguinity predicts ASD severity

    Parental consanguinity could predict ASD severity in this study after controlling for the effects of maternal health and developmental indicators.

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  • Juliette Kennedy

    Parental Mental Illness Edition Editorial

    In this edition we focus on parental mental illness and its effect on children. This is published in advance of the ACAMH conference “Parental Mental Illness – Supporting children and young people who live with a parent with a mental illness”.

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  • Parental Mental Illness Guest Editorial by Dympna Cunnane

    Most developed countries recognise the children of parents with a mental illness as an at-risk group, who benefit from early intervention to prevent them continuing the intergenerational cycle of mental illness.

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  • Researchers COMPARE mental illness transmission routes from parent to child

    An estimated 25% of children in Germany live with a parent who is affected by mental illness. These children are at a high risk of psychological and developmental disorders, including severe mental illness.

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