Research Digests

  • Self-Perceptual Bias and Internalizing Symptoms: Implications for ADHD

    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood neurodevelopmental disorder, affecting 5 – 7% of school-aged children.1 Given that many children with ADHD experience difficulty paying attention and managing impulsive behaviors, it is not surprising that children with ADHD often struggle with basic tasks, such as schoolwork, daily routines, and social interactions.

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  • Identifying imaging biomarkers in the neonatal brain

    The past decade has seen great improvements in magnetic resonance imaging technologies, such that it is now possible to image the developing brain in utero. In 2018, Dafnis Batalle and colleagues compiled an Annual Research Review for the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, where they evaluated the current status of neuroimaging research in neonates and paediatrics to determine the origins of neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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  • Day-time naps promote vocabulary growth in early childhood

    Napping is at least as important, if not more so, than night-time sleep when it comes to vocabulary learning in early childhood. Find out why.

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  • Positive parenting reduces risk of callous-unemotional traits

    New data published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, from the Wirral Child Health and Development Study (WCHADS) show that a child’s responsiveness to other’s emotions may be increased by the responsiveness and warmth of their mother during infancy.

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  • Can we improve attachment or attachment-related outcomes in young children?

    Summary of attachment-related research, interventions and outcomes from Professor Jane Barlow, ex-Editor-in-Chief of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal.

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  • Diagnostic framework for attachment disorders needs improving

    Reactive and Disinhibited Attachment Disorders (RAD and DAD) occur when infants and young children have not been able to form an attachment to their primary caregiver, but questions have been raised as to whether these disorders are being over-diagnosed in adopted children.

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  • A harsh parenting team?

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  • Detaching RAD from DSED: the rationale and research requirements

    In order to view this content, you need to be an ACAMH member. Membership starts from just 11p a day. We hope you consider joining and being part of the advancement of child and adolescent mental health.

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  • Early adversity impacts on associative learning

    Exposure to adversity during childhood negatively impacts on behavioural development due to suboptimal associative learning, according to data from a new study.

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  • Low activity levels affect child mental development

    High activity levels (AL) in early childhood are associated with sub-optimal social and behavioural outcomes, but whether low AL have negative outcomes is unclear. Now, a study conducted by researchers at Boston University has demonstrated that AL are curvilinearly related to mental development.

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