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  • The impact of universal, school based, interventions on help seeking in children and young people: a systematic literature review

    Universal help-seeking interventions in schools to support young people’s mental health have been widely used, but we know little about their initial impact and longer term follow-up. This systematic literature review aims to explore the impact of these types of programmes across different help-seeking constructs. Authors: Hayes, D., Mansfield, R., Mason, C., Santos, J., Moore, A., Boehnke, J., Ashworth, E., Moltrecht, B., Humphrey, N., Stallard, P., Patalay, P., & Deighton, J. (2023).

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  • Facing Shadows: working with young people to coproduce a short film about depression

    Here we describe and reflect on the four-day coproduction workshops in which researchers, young people and film-makers coproduced ‘Facing Shadows’, a short animation about depression and therapy. Authors: Dunn, V., O’Keeffe, S., Stapley, E., & Midgley, N. (2018).

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  • 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).

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  • Mapping the journey from epistemic mistrust in depressed adolescents receiving psychotherapy

    The present study aims to create a typology of depressed adolescents’ experiences regarding their different journeys through the course of psychotherapy in relation to issues of epistemic trust and mistrust over a 2-year period. Authors: Li, E., Midgley, N., Luyten, P., Sprecher, E. A., Campbell, C. (2022).

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  • The evidence base for psychoanalytic and psychodynamic interventions with children under five years of age and their caregivers: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    The systematic review of 77 research studies, including 5,660 participants, shows that therapy in the very early months and years of life can help to prevent and reduce mental health difficulties both for parents and carers and their children by focusing on the crucial relationship between them. Authors: Sleed, M., Li, E., Vainieri, I., & Midgley, N. (2022).

  • Alliance ruptures and resolutions in short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adolescent depression: an empirical case study

    This study aimed to better understand the process of alliance rupture–resolution and its role in a good-outcome case of a depressed adolescent treated with short-term psychoanalytic-psychotherapy. Authors: Cirasola, A., Martin, P., Fonagy P., Eubanks, C., Muran J. C., & Midgley, N. (2022).

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  • How to do things with questions: the role of patient’s questions in short term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (STPP) with depressed adolescents

    This qualitative study aims to bridge this gap by exploring the role of patients’ questions in short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adolescents suffering from depression. This is a single case study, focusing on the interaction between the patient and his therapist when questions were asked by the patient, using conversation analysis methodology. Authors: Yadlin, Y., Edginton, E., Lepper, G., & Midgley, N. (2022).

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  • First Experimental Study of Transference Work–In Teenagers (FEST–IT): a multicentre, observer- and patient-blind, randomised controlled component study

    Little is known about the influence on outcome of exploration of the patient-therapist relationship (that is, transference work) in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. We hypothesized that depressed adolescents would have better long-term effects from psychoanalytic psychotherapy with than without transference work. Authors: Ulberg, R., Hummelen, B., Hersoug, A., Midgley, N., Høglend, P., & Dahl, H. (2021).

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  • Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between psychotic and depressive symptoms in depressed adolescents

    Depressed adolescents aged 11–17 with and without psychotic symptoms were compared on depression severity scores at baseline and at 28- or 42-week follow-up in two large UK cohorts. Authors: Kehinde, F., Bharmal, A., Goodyer, I., Kelvin, R., Dubicka, B., Midgley, N., Fonagy, P., Jones, P., Wilkinson, P. & IMPACT Consortium (2021).

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