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  • Measuring pupil mental health and wellbeing: examples of best practice from schools and colleges working with the Mercers’ Company

    This briefing draws on learning emerging from research led by the Evidence Based Practice Unit in collaboration with the Child Outcomes Research Consortium, The University of Manchester and Common Room. The Mercers’ Company funded the research. The Mercers’ Company is the Premier Livery Company of the City of London. Authors: Deighton, J., Stapley, E., Lereya, T., Burrell, K., Atkins, L. (2019).

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  • Analysis of protective factors in schoolchildren in England using the dual-factor model of mental health

    The dual-factor approach to mental health was employed to explore levels and interrelations of protective factors associated with resilience in a dataset of 30,841 schoolchildren aged 11–14 in England. Authors: Jefferies, P., Fritz, J., Deighton, J., Ungar, M. (2023).

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  • Apps targeting anorexia nervosa in young people: a systematic review of active ingredients

    The aim of this review was to systematically identify the behavioural change techniques (BCTs) underpinning anorexia nervosa apps for young people. BCTs refer to the “common language” used by researchers to determine the triggers of behaviour change. Authors: Chiang, CP., Hayes, D., Panagiotopoulou, E. (2023).

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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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  • Temporal effects of maternal pyschological distress on child mental health problems at ages 3, 5, 7 and 11: analysis from the UK Millennium Cohort Study

    Psychological distress is common among women of childbearing age, and limited longitudinal research suggests prolonged exposure to maternal distress is linked to child mental health problems. We analysed the UK Millennium Cohort Study, a nationally representative sample with data collected throughout childhood. Authors: Hope, S., Pearce, A., Chittleborough, C., Deighton, J., Maika, A., Micali, N., Mittinty, M., Law, C., Lynch, J. (2018).

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  • Using flawed, uncertain, proximate and sparse (FUPS) data in the context of complexity: learning from the case of child mental health

    This paper presents an example of the use of a FUPS dataset in the complex system of child mental healthcare. The paper explores the use of this FUPS dataset to support meaningful dialogue between key stakeholders, including service providers, funders and users, in relation to outcomes of services. The term ‘FUPS’ is proposed to describe these flawed, uncertain, proximate and sparse datasets. Authors: Wolpert, M., Rutter, H. (2018).

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  • Maternal mental health at 5 years and childhood overweight or obesity at 11 years: evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort Study

    We sought to determine whether children's exposure to medium or severe distress at 5 years was associated with increased risks of overweight and obesity when they were aged 11 years. We also investigated whether any association was attenuated after accounting for potential confounding and mediating factors. Authors: Hope, S., Micali, N., Deighton, J., Law, C. (2018).

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  • Prevalence of mental health problems in schools: poverty and other risk factors amongst 28,000 adolescents in England

    This study analyses a large-scale community-based dataset of 28 160 adolescents to explore school-based prevalence of mental health problems and characteristics that predict increased odds of experiencing them. Authors: Deighton, J., Lereya, T.L., Casey, P., Patalay, P., Humphrey, N., & Wolpert, M. (2019).

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  • Predicting mental health improvement and deterioration in a large community sample of 11- to 13-year-olds

    This study examined rates of reliable improvement/deterioration for children in a school sample over time. N = 9074 children from 118 secondary schools across England provided self-report mental health (SDQ), quality of life and demographic data (age, ethnicity and free school meals (FSM) at baseline and 1 year and self-report data on access to mental health support at 1 year). Authors: Wolpert, M., Zamperoni, V., Napaleone, E., Patalay, P., Jacob, J., Fokkema, M., Promberger, M., Costa da Silva, L., Patel, M., Edbrooke-Childs, J. (2019).

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