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  • The COSI trial: a study protocol for a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial to explore the clinical and cost-effectiveness of the Circle of Security-Parenting Intervention in community perinatal mental health services in England

    Trial protocol for the COSI study. Authors: Camilla Rosan, Kim Alyousefi-van Dijk, Zoe Darwin, Daphne Babalis, Victoria Cornelius, Rachel Phillips, Lani Richards, Hannah Wright, Steve Pilling, Pasco Fearon, Elena Pizzo & Peter Fonagy.

  • Exploring Parental Perspectives on Dropout from Treatment for Adolescent Depression

    Talking therapies are the first line of treatment for adolescent depression, yet dropout rates are high. Despite parents being considered primary stakeholders in a child’s mental health treatment, there is a lack of qualitative research on their perspectives on adolescent dropout. This study aimed to explore parents’ perspectives on why their adolescent children dropped out of therapy. Authors: Holly Lord, O’Keeffe, S., Panagiotopoulou, E., & Midgley, N.

  • Therapeutic Work for Children with Complex Trauma: A Three-Track Psychodynamic Approach

    Therapeutic Work for Children with Complex Trauma offers a contemporary three-track psychodynamic treatment model to mental health professionals working with traumatised children and their caregivers. Authors: Nicole Vliegen, Tang, E., Midgley, N., Luyten, P., Fonagy, P.

  • In Context: Lessons About Adolescent Unipolar Depression From the Improving Mood With Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Therapies Trial

    This review paper summarizes the results of the Improving Mood with Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Therapies (IMPACT) study and its implications for psychological treatment of adolescents with moderate to severe unipolar major depression. Authors: Maria E. Loades & Nick Midgley, Herring, G.T., O'Keeffe, S., The IMPACT Consortium.

  • Understanding change - Developing a typology of therapy outcomes from the experience of adolescents with depression

    Outcome measures mostly focusing on symptom reduction to measure change cannot indicate whether any personally meaningful change has occurred. There is a need to broaden the current understanding of outcomes for adolescent depression and identify whether holistic, interlinked patterns of change may be more clinically meaningful. Authors: Arshia Amin Choudhury, Lecchi, T., & Midgley, N.

  • Prevalence of mental health and behaviour problems among adolescents in the English-speaking Caribbean: systematic review and meta-analysis

    Analysis of data from 28 studies estimated that around one in every four or five adolescents in the English-speaking Caribbean may experience mild to severe mental health or behaviour problems, including depressive symptoms and suicidality during adolescence. Authors: Liverpool, S., Prescod, J., Pereira, B., Trotman, C.

  • Family adversity and health characteristics associated with intimate partner violence in children and parents presenting to health care: a population-based birth cohort study in England

    Little is known about the clinical characteristics of children and parents affected by intimate partner violence (IPV) presenting in health-care settings. We examined the associations between family adversities, health characteristics, and IPV in children and parents using linked electronic health records (EHRs) from primary and secondary care between 1 year before and 2 years after birth (the first 1000 days). We compared parental health problems in in children and parents with and without recorded IPV. Authors: Syed, S., Gilbert, R., Feder, G., Howe, L., Powell, C., Howarth, E., Deighton, J., Lacey, R.

  • The impact of area level mental health interventions on outcomes for secondary school pupils: Evidence from the HeadStart programme in England

    In light of the dramatic rise in mental health disorders amongst adolescents seen in the past decade across the world, there is an urgent need for robust evidence on what works to combat this trend. This paper provides the first robust evaluation of the impacts on school outcomes of 6-year funding programme (HeadStart) for area-level mental health interventions for adolescents. Exploiting educational administrative data on ten cohorts of state-educated secondary school students, we use the synthetic control method to construct counterfactual outcomes for areas that received the funding. Authors: Cattan, S., Lereya, S. T., Yoon, Y., Gilbert, R., Deighton, D.

  • An App to Support Fathers’ Mental Health and Well-Being: User-Centered Development Study

    There is a lack of services designed specifically for fathers to support them with parenting, mental health and wellbeing. This paper gives an overview of the co-design process for a universal digital intervention for fathers (fatherli) and the outline of the overall theory of how it might work to create positive changes, which is called a logic model. Authors: Liverpool, S., Eisenstadt, M., Mulligan Smith, A., Kozhevnikova, S.