Research Digests

Our collections of Research Digests contain summaries of articles from ACAMH’s two main academic outputs, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

They are listed alphabetically by topic.

  • Anxiety

    Anxiety disorders in children and young people are common and can have a significant impact on mental health and well-being. They are particularly prevalent in children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.

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  • Attachment

    Research Digests about Attachment, including a diagnostic framework, the impact of early adversity, parenting and activity levels, and improving outcomes in young children,

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  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    ADHD is a behavioural disorder with three key aspects, inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It is very common for ADHD in children to present together with other developmental and/or mental health problems, such as oppositional and attachment disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders.

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  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex, life-long, neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Children with autism experience higher rates of mental ill health and behaviour problems.

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  • Conduct Disorders and Aggression

    Research Digests about Conduct Disorders and Aggression, including aggression towards siblings, psychological interventions, and parenting practices

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  • Depression

    Depression is common in children and young people, particularly in adolescence and among girls. The causes of depression in children and young people are complex, but it is likely to be caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors.

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  • Developmental Language Disorder

    Developmental language disorder (DLD) is diagnosed when a child’s language skills are persistently below the level expected for the child’s age. In DLD, language deficits occur in the absence of a known biomedical condition, such as autism spectrum disorder or Down syndrome, and interfere with the child’s ability to communicate effectively with other people. Expressive language is characterised by non-specific words and short simple sentences to express meanings beyond the age at which children may be using more complex language.

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  • Digital Interventions

    There are many different digital technologies that can be used at different points in a person’s life, from mental health promotion and prevention through to treatment and subsequent self-management.

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  • Eating Disorders

    In most cases, eating disorders start in adolescence, but they are often not picked up until adulthood. Current research supports the use of several types of psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), interpersonal and family-based therapies, as well as some medications for the treatment of eating disorders.

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  • Forensics in Children and Adolescents

    Research Digests about Forensics, including empathy, language impairment, family therapy and psychosocial interventions.

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