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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The relationship between general psychopathology in young people with family functioning and engagement with psychotherapy

    In this paper, we investigated what was the most accurate way of understanding the structure of psychopathology in a Brazilian sample (i.e., 'is psychopathology a unique factor that explains all psychopathological conditions such as anxiety, depression, and antisocial disorders? Or are those conditions actually different categories/problems?').

    Authors: Ramires, V.R.R., Fiorini, G., Schmidt, F. M. D., da Costa, C. P., Deon, E., & Saunders, R.

  • Short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy with depressed adolescents: Comparing in-session interactions in good and poor outcome cases

    In this paper, we analysed the psychoanalytic psychotherapy sessions of 10 adolescents diagnosed with depression, divided into a group that had 'good outcomes' and another group that had 'poor outcomes' (meaning that therapy helped reducing depression for the adolescents of one of the groups, but did not for the other).

    Authors: Fiorini, G., Bai, Y., Fonagy, P., The IMPACT Consortium, Midgley, N.

  • Response to Maria Papadima’s commentary on MacKean et al. (2023) and Midgley et al.’s (2021) papers about an internet-based psychodynamic treatment

    This paper is a response to Maria Papadima’s commentary on MacKean et al. (2023) and Midgley et al.’s (2021) papers about an internet-based psychodynamic treatment.

    Authors: Midgley, N., Mechler, J. & Lindqvist, K.

  • The Evidence-Base for Psychodynamic Interventions with Children Under 5 Years of Age and Their Caregivers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    The aim of this work is to systematically review, synthesize, and critically appraise evidence for the efficacy and/or effectiveness of psychodynamic interventions for children under 5 years of age and their caregivers.

    Authors: Sleed, M., Li, E., Vainieri, I. & Midgley, N.

  • The Use of Mentalization-Based Techniques in Online Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy

    In this study, multilevel modelling analyses showed children with higher emotional lability benefited more from attention control interventions compared to those with lower emotional lability.

    Authors: Ayşenur, C., Halfon, S., Bate, J. & Midgley, N.

  • The Reflective Fostering Programme-Adapting a group parenting programme for online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom

    There are opportunities and challenges in the delivery of online therapeutic services, particularly those with a group format. This paper contributes initial reflections to what we hope will be a rapidly developing literature on best practice of supporting group services in an online format.

    Authors: Redfern S, Pursch B, Katangwe-Chigamba T, Sopp R, Irvine K, Sprecher EA, Schwaiger T, Midgley N.