Research Digests

  • Digital health interventions for the young: meeting expectations?

    The number of digital health interventions for mental health disorders is increasing, but research from Chris Hollis and colleagues suggests that the clinical benefits and cost-effectiveness are unclear. Consistent methods of reporting and evaluation are required to extract definitive conclusions from clinical trials.

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  • How research on cyberbullying has developed

    Prof. Peter K. Smith, Goldsmiths, University of London, England
    The topic of cyberbullying is often in the media, because of the distress and harm it can cause. There have been cases where it appears to have contributed significantly to tragic outcomes such as suicide (Livingstone & Smith, 2014).

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  • mHealth ineffective for depression prevention

    A universal cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-based mobile messaging programme (MEMO CBT) designed to prevent teenage onset depression provides no clinical benefit, according to results of a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial.

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  • Parents with BD receive online support

    The value of a unique interactive, web-based resource that provides psychoeducational and parenting information for patients with bipolar disorder (BD) and young children has been supported by promising results of a randomised, controlled pilot trial.

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  • Changing perceptions on technological therapy

    Educating parents in computer-based therapies for youths with mental health disorders may improve uptake of this therapeutic modality by affected families.

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  • ADHD traits linked to tantrums in preschool children

    A survey of 154 parents of French preschool children found that the children who were rated as being more emotionally labile were also prone to ADHD symptoms.

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  • Mental health workers have more empathy

    Mental health workers have greater empathy than physicians or other professionals, according to a study from Favaloro University, Buenos Aires.

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  • ADHD screens: look into language

    A literature review of language problems in ADHD has confirmed large deficits in multiple areas of language functioning among young people with the disorder.

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  • Telephone support for parents in ADHD

    Due to its high prevalence, treating ADHD can place a burden on services. Self-help and remote interventions could offer a way to deliver treatment at scale, if they’re effective.

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  • Unpicking assessment for Adult ADHD

    Variability in assessment methods could be behind the vast range of rates given for the persistence of ADHD into adulthood – from 5% up to 75%.

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