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  • Engaging children and young people in digital mental health interventions: systematic review of modes of delivery, facilitators, and barriers

    This review aimed to identify modes of delivery used in children and young people's digital mental health interventions, explore influencing factors to usage and implementation, and investigate ways in which the interventions have been evaluated and whether children and young people engage in digital health interventions. Authors: Liverpool, S., Mota, C. P., Sales, C.M.D., Čuš, A., Carletto, S., Hancheva, C., Sousa, S., Cerón, S. C., Moreno-Peral, P., Pietrabissa, G., Moltrecht, B., Ulberg, R., Ferreira, N., & Edbrooke-Childs J. (2020).

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  • Is mental health competence in childhood associated with health risk behaviors in adolescence? Findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study

    Using UK Millennium Cohort Study data (n = 10,142), we examined how mental health competence (MHC) measured at the end of elementary school (11 years) is associated with self-reported use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcohol, illegal drugs, antisocial behaviour and sexual contact with another young person at age 14 years. Authors: Rougeaux, E., Hope, S., Viner, R. M., Deighton, J., Law, C., & Pearce, A. (2020).

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  • Internet-based psychodynamic versus cognitive behaviour therapy for adolescents with depression: study protocol for a non-inferiority randomised controlled trial (the ERiCA study)

    Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for adolescent depression has demonstrated efficacy in previous trials. In order to broaden the range of evidence-based treatments for young people, we evaluated a newly developed affect-focused internet-based psychodynamic treatment in a previous study with promising results. Authors: Mechler, J., Lindqvist, K., Carlbring, P. et al. (2020).

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  • An mHealth intervention (ReZone) to help young people self-manage overwhelming feelings: cluster-randomised controlled trial

    Mental health difficulties in young people are increasing, and there is a need for evidence on the effectiveness of digital interventions to increase opportunities for supporting mental health in young people. The objective of this study was to examine the effectiveness of an mHealth intervention (ReZone) in reducing mental health difficulties in young people. Authors: Edridge, C., Wolpert, M., Deighton, J., & Edbrooke-Childs, J. (2020).

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  • Early impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health care and on people with mental health conditions: framework synthesis of international experiences and responses

    The COVID-19 pandemic has many potential impacts on people with mental health conditions and on mental health care, including direct consequences of infection, effects of infection control measures and subsequent societal changes. We aimed to map early impacts of the pandemic on people with pre-existing mental health conditions and services they use, and to identify individual and service-level strategies adopted to manage these. Authors: Sheridan Rains, L., Johnson, S., Barnett, P. et al. (2021).

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  • Impact on mental health care and on mental health service users of the COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed methods survey of UK mental health care staff

    We investigated staff reports regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in its early weeks on mental health care and mental health service users in the UK using a mixed methods online survey. Authors: Johnson, S., Dalton-Locke, C., Vera San Juan, N., Foye, U., Oram, S., Papamichail, A., Landau, S., Olive, R. R., Jeynes, T., Shah, P., Sheridan Rains, L., Lloyd-Evans, B., Carr, S., Killaspy, H., Gillard, S., Simpson, A. & The COVID-19 Mental Health Policy Research Unit Group (2021).

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  • Children and young people’s experiences of completing mental health and wellbeing measures for research: learning from two school-based pilot projects

    This research set out to explore the way that children and young people perceive and experience completing mental health and wellbeing measures, with a specific focus on completion in a school context, in order to inform future measure and research design. Authors: Demkowicz, O., Ashworth, E., Mansfield, R., Stapley, E., Miles, H., Hayes, D., Burrell, K., Moore, A., & Deighton, J. (2020).

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  • Exploring harm in psychotherapy: perspectives of clinicians working with children and young people

    The potential for harm to occur from talking therapies has been acknowledged in academic literature. However, there is a paucity of research when it comes to exploring this phenomenon when working with young patients. This study explores clinicians’ perspectives on harm from talking therapies when working with children and young people. Authors: Castro Batic, B., & Hayes, D. (2022).

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  • A comprehensive mapping of outcomes following psychotherapy for adolescent depression: the perspectives of young people, their parents and therapists

    This study mapped the types of change described by three key stakeholder groups following psychotherapy for depression, and compared the salience of these outcomes with the frequency of their measurement in recent quantitative treatment effectiveness studies for adolescent depression. Authors: Krause, K., Midgley, N., Edbrooke-Childs, J. (2022).

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