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.
Burnout among psychotherapists: a cross-cultural value survey among 12 European countries during the coronavirus disease pandemic
The aim of this study was to examine cross-cultural differences, as operationalized by Schwartz's refined theory of basic values, in burnout levels among psychotherapists from 12 European countries during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Authors: Van Hoy, A., et al. (2022).
Linking childhood emotional abuse and adult depressive symptoms: the role of mentalizing incapacity
This study aims to disentangle the independent effects of emotional abuse on adulthood depressive symptoms by statistically controlling for other forms of childhood maltreatment, and to examine mentalizing incapacity as a potential mediator in this relationship.
Authors: Li, E., Carracher, E., & Bird, T. (2020).
Psychological mediators of the association between childhood emotional abuse and depression: a systematic review
This review critically evaluates empirical studies examining psychological mediators of the relationship between childhood emotional abuse and subsequent depression.
Authors: Li, E., Luyten, P., & Midgley, N. (2020).
Development and validation of a self-report measure of epistemic trust
This paper describes the development and validation of a new self-report questionnaire, the Epistemic Trust, Mistrust and Credulity Questionnaire (ETMCQ).
Authors: Campbell, C., Tanzer, M., Saunders, R., Allison, E., Li, E. & Fonagy, P. et al. (2021).
A scoping review of the factors that influence families’ ability or capacity to provide young people with emotional support over the transition to adulthood
A scoping review was conducted to identify the factors that influence families’ ability or capacity to provide young people with emotional support during the transition to adulthood, and to understand the gaps in this research area.
Authors: Stapley, E., Vainieri, I., Li, E., Merrick, H., Jeffery, M., Foreman, S., Cortina, M. et al. (2021).
Children in foster care with symptoms of reactive attachment disorder: feasibility randomised controlled trial of a modified video-feedback parenting intervention
The study aimed to modify an existing parenting intervention for children with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) in the UK foster care setting, and test the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the modified intervention.
Authors: Oliveira, P., et al. (2022).
The therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy for adolescent depression: differences between treatment types and change over time
This study investigated whether the mean strength of the alliance, as well as its trajectory over time, differed between three equally effective psychological treatments for adolescent depression.
Authors: Cirasola, A., Midgley, N., Fonagy, P., IMPACT Consortium, & Martin, P. (2022).
An overview of developmental behavioral genetics
In this chapter, we present an overview of the field of developmental behavioural genetics, which serves as important context for understanding the field of behavioral epigenetics.
Authors: Austerberry, C., Fearon, P. (2020).
The Reflective Fostering Programme: background and development of a new approach
This article sets out the rationale for the Reflective Fostering Programme (RFP), outlines its key elements and concludes by indicating future service implementation and a planned feasibility study examining this approach.
Authors: Redfern, S., Wood, S., Lassri, D., Cirasola, A., West, G., Austerberry, C., Luyten, P., Fonagy, P., Midgley, N. (2018).
Structure and connectivity of depressive symptom networks corresponding to early treatment response
There are suggestions that denser network connectivity (i.e., the strength of associations between individual symptoms) may be a prognostic indicator of poor treatment response in depression. We sought to examine this aspect of depressive symptom networks in the context of early responses to treatment in adolescents.
Authors: Patalay, P., McElroy, E., Wolpert, M., Napoleone, E. (2019).