Anna Freud’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 Anna Freud’s responsibility.
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).
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).
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).
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).
A retrospective case note review of young people in transition from adolescent medium secure units to adult services
This retrospective case note review sought to examine the clinical characteristics, transition pathways and psychosocial indicators of transition outcomes amongst young people in forensic medium secure services discharged to adult services.
Authors: Livanou, M. I., Lane, R., D'Souza, S., Singh, S. P. (2020).
Chronic illness in childhood and early adolescence: a longitudinal exploration of co-occurring mental illness
This study suggests that chronic illness may impact on functioning and social development in early adolescence, and consequently lead to increased rates of mental illness. Examining rates of school absenteeism and peer victimisation may be key to identifying children at risk over time.
Authors: Brady, A.M., Deighton, J., & Stansfeld, S. (2020).
How contextual constraints shape mid-career high school teachers' stress management and use of digital support tools: qualitative study
The aim of this study was to investigate the constraints on stress management and prevention among teachers in the school environment and how this shapes the use of digitally enabled stress management tools.
Authors: Manning, J., Blandford, A., Edbrooke-Childs, J., & Marshall, P. (2020).
A scoping review and assessment of essential elements of shared decision-making of parent-involved interventions in child and adolescent mental health
The overall aim of this review is to identify and examine the existing decision support interventions available for parents.
Authors: Liverpool, S., Pereira, B., Hayes, D., Wolpert, M., Edbrooke-Childs, J. (2020).
Affect-focused psychodynamic internet-based therapy for adolescent depression: randomised controlled trial
This trial examines whether affect-focused internet-based psychodynamic therapy with therapist support is more effective than an internet-based supportive control condition on reducing depression in adolescents.
Authors: Lindqvist, K., Mechler. J., Carlbring, P., Lilliengren, P., Falkenström, F., Andersson, G., Johansson, R., Edbrooke-Childs, J., Dahl, H.S.J., Lindert Bergsten, K., Midgley, N., Sandell, R., Thorén, A., Topooco, N., Ulberg, R., & Philips, B. (2020).
A public health response to mental health
This chapter provides an overview of a suggested public health response to address the increasing burden of mental health disorders globally.
Authors: Cortina, M., Taylor, E., Verhulst, F., Wong, J., Yoshida, K.,& Nikapota, A. (2020).