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  • A qualitative study of parents’ understanding and motivation to take part in a randomised controlled trial in the field of adolescent mental health

    This study aimed to investigate parents’ perspectives on participating in a trial for psychological treatment of depression. The study explored parents’ motivations, understanding of the trial and perspectives on the acceptability of the trial. Authors: O'Keeffe, S., Weitkamp, K., Isaacs. D., Target, M., Eatough, V., & Midgley, N. (2020).

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  • Internal representations of attachment in Story Stems: changes in the narratives of foster care children

    Children in care, whose early experiences have often involved significant discontinuity and adversity, are at risk of developing insecure attachments with negative internal representations. This study aimed to explore changes in their internal representations over a one-year period, as well as potential factors that could influence them. Authors: Hillman, S., Villegas, C., Anderson, K., Kerr-Davis, A., & Cross, R. (2022).

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  • Exploring foster carers’ experiences of the assessment and feedback processes of children in their care

    This study explores perspectives of foster carers working at one UK-based independent fostering agency, Five Rivers Child Care (FRCC). Authors: Hillman, S., Anderson, K., Demetri, C., & Cross, R. (2022).

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  • The internal worlds of sexually abused looked-after children

    This study seeks to further elucidate the internal worlds of sexually abused 'looked-after' children using quantitative and psychodynamic qualitative methods. Authors: Mackin, J., Hillman, S., Cross, R., & Anderson, K. (2021).

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  • The manifestations and correlates of dissociation amongst looked-after children in middle childhood

    This study aimed to explore the manifestations and correlates of dissociation amongst a sample of primary school-aged children looked-after children in the care of their local authority. Authors: Martin, H., Hillman, S., Cross, R., & Anderson, K. (2022).

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  • “I didn’t have to look her in the eyes” – participants’ experiences of the therapeutic relationship in internet-based psychodynamic therapy for adolescent depression

    This study aims to explore young people's perceptions of the relationship with the therapist in internet-based psychodynamic treatment for adolescent depression. Authors: Lindqvist, K., Mechler, J., Midgley, N., Carlbring, P., Carstorp, K., Neikter, H. K., Strid, F., Below. C. V., & Philips, B. (2022).

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  • Lighthouse Parenting Programme: description and pilot evaluation of mentalization based treatment (MBT) to address child maltreatment

    This article introduces an innovative mentalization based treatment (MBT) parenting intervention for families where children are at risk of maltreatment. The Lighthouse MBT Parenting Programme aims to prevent child maltreatment by promoting sensitive caregiving in parents. Authors: Byrne, G., Sleed, M., Fearon, P., Midgley, N., Mein, C., Bateman, A., & Fonagy, P. (2018).

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  • Therapists' techniques in the treatment of adolescent depression

    The aims of this study were: to establish the fidelity of two established psychological therapies – cognitive behavioural therapy and short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy – in the treatment of adolescent depression; and to examine whether they were delivered with adherence to their respective treatment modalities, and if they could be differentiated from each other and from a reference treatment (a brief psychosocial intervention; BPI). Authors: Midgley, N., Reynolds, S., Kelvin, R., Loades, M., Calderon, A., Martin, P., & O'Keeffe, S. (2018).

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  • Reflective functioning on the Parent Development Interview: validity and reliability in relation to socio-demographic factors

    The aim of this study was to examine the distributions and discriminant and criterion validity of the Reflective Functioning coding of the Parent Development Interview (PDI-RF) scale in relation to a number of demographic and socioeconomic factors. Authors: Sleed, M., Slade, A., & Fonagy, P. (2018).

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