The Anna Freud Centre’s online research library contains a collection of evidence-based material on children and young people’s mental health, written and co-written by our team. The research explores factors relating to:
anxiety | behavioural difficulties | depression | digital mental health | empowering young people and families | early years | evaluation | fostering and adoption | intervention | maltreatment and abuse | measures | mentalization | methodology | neurodiversity | parents and carers| prevalence and trends | prevention | psychological therapies | resources | risk and resilience | social care | trauma | wellbeing
The library is managed by our team of evidence experts. It is updated on a regular basis and currently consists of research published between 2018 and 2023.
Please be aware that links to our open-access papers lead to external sites and that the management, data handling and administration of these external sites is not the Anna Freud Centre’s responsibility.
A feasibility trial of Power Up: a smartphone app to support patient activation and shared decision making for mental health in young people
This study aimed to determine the feasibility of undertaking a cluster randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a smartphone app, Power Up, co-designed with young people to support patient activation and shared decision making for mental health.
Authors: Edbrooke-Childs, J., Edridge, C., Averill, P., Delane, L., Hollis, C., Craven, M.P., Martin, K., Feltham, A., Jeremy, G., Deighton, J., & Wolpert, M. (2019).
Assessing risks to paediatric patients: conversation analysis of situation awareness in huddle meetings in England
To analyse the language and conversation used in huddles to gain a deeper understanding of exactly how huddles proceed in practice and to examine the methods by which staff members identify at-risk patients.
Authors: Hayes, J., Lachman, P., Edbrooke-Childs, J., Stapley, E., Wolpert, M., & Deighton, J. (2019).
Embedding interagency working between schools and mental health specialists: a service evaluation of the Mental Health Services and Schools and Colleges Link Programme workshops
This article reports the results of a service evaluation of a 2-day workshop designed to facilitate improved working between schools and children and young people’s mental health services.
Authors: Cortina, M., Shipman, J., Saunders, F., Day, L., Blades, R., Smith, J., & Wolpert, M. (2019).
Predicting mental health improvement and deterioration in a large community sample of 11- to 13-year-olds
This study examined rates of reliable improvement/deterioration for children in a school sample over time. N = 9074 children from 118 secondary schools across England provided self-report mental health (SDQ), quality of life and demographic data (age, ethnicity and free school meals (FSM) at baseline and 1 year and self-report data on access to mental health support at 1 year).
Authors: Wolpert, M., Zamperoni, V., Napaleone, E., Patalay, P., Jacob, J., Fokkema, M., Promberger, M., Costa da Silva, L., Patel, M., Edbrooke-Childs, J. (2019).
The implementation of an mHealth intervention (ReZone) for the self-management of overwhelming feelings among young people
The aim of this study was to bridge this gap and examine the implementation of an mHealth intervention, ReZone, for young people in schools.
Authors: Edridge, C., Deighton, J., Wolpert, M., and Edbrooke-Childs, J. (2019).
Supporting emotional wellbeing in schools in the context of austerity: an ecologically informed humanistic perspective
This paper explores whether professionals in schools believe that their work supporting pupils’ emotional wellbeing has changed as a consequence of the current period of austerity.
Authors: Burrell, K., Hanley, T., & Winter, L. (2019).
Trajectories of change of youth depressive symptoms in routine care: shape, predictors, and service-use implications
This study used multilevel modeling to examine the average trajectory of change and the factors associated with change in depressive symptoms in a large sample of youth seen in routine mental health care services in England.
Authors: Napoleone, E., Evans, C., Patalay, P., Wolpert, M., Edbrooke-Childs, J. (2019).
Connecting over the internet: establishing the therapeutic alliance in an internet-based treatment for depressed adolescents
This study uses data collected during a pilot evaluation of a psychodynamic internet-based therapy for depressed adolescents. The adolescents had instant-messaging chats with their therapists once a week, over 10 weeks.
Authors: Mortimer, R., Somerville, M.P., Mechler, J., Lindqvist, K., Leibovich, L., Guerrero-Tates, B., Edbrooke-Childs, J., Martin, P., & Midgley, N. (2022).
Trajectories of change in general psychopathology levels among depressed adolescents in short-term psychotherapies
This paper aims to identify and describe trajectories of change in general psychopathology (p) levels among depressed adolescents who received one of three types of short-term therapies (namely Cognitive–Behavioural Therapy, Short-Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and a Brief Psychosocial Intervention).
Authors: Fiorini, G., Saunders, R., Fonagy, P., The IMPACT Consortium, Midgley, N. (2022).
Unpacking the active ingredients of internet-based psychodynamic therapy for adolescents
This paper aims to explore the techniques used in chat sessions in an iPDT program for depressed adolescents, and to investigate whether they predicted improvement in depression symptoms.
Authors: Leibovich, L., Mechler, J., Lindqvist, K., Mortimer, R., Edbrooke-Childs, J., Midgley, N. (2022).