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  • “I can’t escape my scars, even if I do get better”: A qualitative exploration of how adolescents talk about their self-harm and self-harm scars during cognitive behavioural therapy for depression

    This study aimed to explore how depressed adolescents talk about their self-harm behaviours and their self-harm scars during therapy for depression. The findings of this study suggest that it could be helpful for therapists to consider how wider sociocultural beliefs around self-harm may impact how teenagers talk about their self-harm and scars in treatment for depression.

    Authors: Kristen, A., Lecchi, T., Loades, M., & Midgley, N.

  • Parental Mentalizing in the Child Protection Context: Research and Clinical Perspectives

    The Lighthouse Parenting Programme (LPP) is a multifamily mentalization-based intervention for parents with child protection service involvement. The Supporting Parents Project was a randomized controlled trial of the LPP being delivered by children’s social care services.

    Authors: Sleed, M., Byrne, G., Fiorini, G.

  • Parental Reflective Functioning on the Parent Development Interview: A narrative review of measurement, association, and future directions

    This paper reviews and summarizes the research on parental mentalizing using the Parent Development Interview and the Reflective Functioning coding. It also describes the future developments for the measure.

    Authors: Slade, A., Sleed, M.

  • The impact of out-of-home care on brain development: a brief review of the neuroscientific evidence informing our understanding of children’s attachment outcomes

    Brief review of the neuroscientific findings that illuminate whether and how adverse early caregiving experiences impact on brain development and poor socioemotional outcomes in children in care, and how such evidence informs our understanding of attachment outcomes in this population.

    Authors: Oliveira, P

  • Sustaining mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools: recommendations from an online roundtable

    Despite recent investments in school-based mental health and wellbeing promotion in England, the sustainability of mental health interventions remains a substantial challenge. This article brings together potential solutions to sustaining interventions in schools, drawing on insights from an online roundtable discussion held in July 2022. 

    Authors: March A,, Stapley E, Hayes D, Moore D & Deighton J

  • Whole-family programmes for families living with parental mental illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    We searched for studies investigating whole-family-interventions for families living with parental mental illness. We identified what these interventions have in common, their effectiveness and how families' experienced them.

    Authors: Moltrecht, B, Lange, A.M.C., Merrick, H. , Radley, J.

  • Supporting Children Transitioning to Secondary School: A Qualitative Investigation into Families’ Experiences of a Novel Online Intervention

    Level Up is a novel, UK-based intervention consisting of five online group sessions, straddling the summer holidays, and providing at-risk children and their parents/carers with skills to manage their behaviour, emotions, and relationships to support their transition to secondary school. A prior evaluation of Level Up reported a need to better describe the mechanisms of change. This study therefore evaluated the experiences of children and their parents/carers regarding the facilitators and barriers to engagement and change, and the perceived impact.

    Authors: Lange, A.M.C, Stapley, E., Merrick, H., & Hayes, D.

  • Differences in the diagnosis and treatment decisions for children in care compared to their peers: An experimental study on post-traumatic stress disorder

    When given identical information, mental health professionals were less likely to diagnose a child in care (vs. a child not in care) with PTSD. Related to this lesser detection of PTSD, mental health professionals were also less likely to choose NICE-recommended PTSD treatments for a child in care.

    Authors: McGuire, R., Halligan, SL., Meiser-Stedman, R., Durbin, L., Hiller, RM.

  • Cognitive and affective control for adolescents in care versus their peers: implications for mental health

    We found evidence of poorer cognitive control for young people in care compared to their peers, however this was not worsened in affective contexts. Contrary to hypotheses, this deficit was not related to emotion regulation, mental health difficulties, or school well-being for young people in care.

    Authors: McGuire, R., Halligan, SL., Schweizer, S., Leung, JT., Hiller, RM.