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  • The therapeutic relationship in child psychotherapy: integrating the perspectives of children, parents and therapists

    This study addresses the therapeutic relationship in child psychotherapy, through an exploration of the experience of the main actors engaged in child psychotherapy. Authors: Núñez, L., Midgley, N., Capella, C., Alamo, N., Mortimer, R., Krause, M. (2021).

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  • A qualitative analysis of goals set by foster carers seeking support for their child’s emotional wellbeing

    The present study seeks to examine the goals that carers who are looking after children with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties set at the start of an intervention, the Reflective Fostering Programme, designed to support them. Authors: Ranzato, E., Austerberry, C., Besser, S.J., Cirasola, A., Midgley, N. (2021).

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  • Mentalization based interventions for children aged 6–12 and their carers: a narrative systematic review

    Mentalization based treatment (MBT), which aims to improve mentalizing capacity, is widely used in adults and in parent-infant therapy, but adaptations of MBT for middle childhood are less well documented. A systematic search of key databases was carried out using a PICO model. Authors: Midgley, N., Sprecher, E., & Sleed, M. (2021).

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  • The Reflective Fostering Programme: evaluating the intervention co-delivered by social work professionals and foster carers

    This paper aims to present the evaluation of an adaptation of the reflective fostering programme, a group-based programme to support foster carers. Authors: Midgley, N., Sprecher, E.A., Cirasola, A., Redfern, S., Pursch, B., Smith, C., Douglas, S., Martin, P. (2021).

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  • Early manifestations of intellectual performance: evidence that genetic effects on later academic test performance are mediated through verbal performance in early childhood

    This study examined whether early executive function or verbal performance mediate genetic influences on subsequent intellectual performance, in U.S.-based adoptees and their birth and adoptive parents, administered measures in 2003-2017. Authors: Austerberry, C., Fearon, P., Ronald, A., Leve, L. D., Ganiban, J., Natsuaki, M. N., Shaw, D. S., Neiderhiser, J. M., & Reiss, D. (2021).

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  • Multi-family therapy for separated parents in conflict and their children: intervention development and pilot evaluation

    The aim of this study was to adapt, deliver and evaluate the No Kids in the Middle multi-family programme in three UK pilot sites. This paper reports findings from interviews exploring families’ experiences of this intervention, and questionnaires which measured change for families over the course of the programme. Authors: Mortimer, R., Morris, E., Pursch, B., Roe, A., Sleed, M. (2021).

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  • Trust me, we can sort this out: a theory-testing case study of the role of epistemic trust in fostering relationships

    Here, a theory-testing single case study methodology, adapted from an approach developed in the field of psychoanalysis, is presented. Authors: Sprecher, E., Li, E., Sleed, M., Midgley, N. (2022).

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  • Service- and practitioner-level variation in non-consensual dropout from child mental health services

    The objective of this study was to examine whether there were service- and practitioner-level variation in non-consensual dropout in child mental health services. Authors: Edbrooke-Childs, J., Boehnke, J.R., Zamperoni, V., Calderon, A., Whale, A. (2019).

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  • 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).

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