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  • Cognitive and affective control for adolescents in care versus their peers: implications for mental health

    We found evidence of poorer cognitive control for young people in care compared to their peers, however this was not worsened in affective contexts. Contrary to hypotheses, this deficit was not related to emotion regulation, mental health difficulties, or school well-being for young people in care.

    Authors: McGuire, R., Halligan, SL., Schweizer, S., Leung, JT., Hiller, RM.

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  • A community‑based approach to identifying and prioritising young people’s mental health needs in their local communities

    We consulted with over 290 young people and professionals in Northern Devon to identify locally relevant priorities for supporting young people's mental health. Three priorities' were identified: 1) identity and belonging; 2) mental health awareness and literacy; and 3) diverse opportunities for education, employment, and leisure. This work is being used to develop community-based support for young people in Northern Devon.

    Authors: Santana de Lima, E., Preece, C., Potter, K., Goddard, E., Edbrooke-Childs, J., Hobbs, T., Fonagy, P.

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  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of the type and prevalence of mental health disorders and symptoms among children living in residential care

    This study systematically reviewed all research estimating the prevalence of mental health disorders and symptoms among children living in residential care provision like the UK. The findings highlight the high prevalence of mental health difficulties among this population and the need for further research to guide policy and practice in different countries.

    Authors: Westlake M. F., Hillman S., Kerr-Davies A., Viziteu A., Silver M., Dykiert D.

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  • Umbrella systematic review finds limited evidence that school absence explains the association between chronic health conditions and lower academic attainment

    Absence from school is more frequent for children with chronic health conditions (CHCs) than their peers and may be one reason why average academic attainment scores are lower among children with CHCs. Authors: Jay, M. A., Sanders-Ellis, D., Blackburn, R., Deighton, J., & Gilbert, R.

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  • Early adolescents’ experiences of a school-and community-based prevention program: perceived ‘bridges’ and ‘walls’ to promoting mental health and wellbeing

    This study aimed to explore early adolescents’ lived experiences of a school- and community-based prevention program, including what helps, why, and when. Authors: Stapley, E., Eisenstadt, M., Demkowicz, O., Stock, S., O'neill, A., Deighton, J., & Ungar, M.

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  • Wellbeing while waiting evaluating social prescribing in CAMHS: study protocol for a hybrid type II implementation-effectiveness study

    Social prescribing is a mechanism of connecting patients with non-medical forms of support within the community and has been shown to improve mental health and wellbeing in adult populations. In the last few years, it has been used in child and youth settings with promising results. Currently, pathways are being developed for social prescribing in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to support children and young people on treatment waiting lists. The Wellbeing While Waiting study will evaluate whether social prescribing benefits the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Authors: Fancourt, D., Burton. A, Bu. F, Deighton. J, Turner. R, Wright. J, Bradbury. A, Tibber. M, Talwar. S, & Hayes. D.

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  • Enhancing mental health and well-being outcomes for psychotherapy and counselling through idiographic analysis: A four-quadrant approach

    The analysis of personalised measures, such as goals, can be explored in a number of ways to meet the needs of exploring outcomes in the room with the client on a one-to-one level, but also any requirements of aggregating the scores up to explore service evaluation. We came up with four quadrants of analysis to illustrate the main ways we suggest the data can be considered. We used goal based outcomes as our worked example. The four quadrants are: 1. Individual goal progress on single goals 2. Individual goal progress by aggregated goals 3. Team/service level progress by goal theme 4. Team/service level progress by aggregate goal scores Authors: Jacob, J., Rae, J. P., Allegranti, B., Duncan, C. & Cooper, M.

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  • At a glance: impact of HeadStart on secondary pupil absence, exclusion and attainment

    We aimed to investigate if HeadStart was effective in ameliorating school outcomes such as absence, exclusion and attainment. We also aimed to explore if synthetic control method was an appropriate methodology to investigate the effectiveness of area level interventions.

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  • Conducting economic evaluations of mental health and wellbeing early intervention and prevention programmes: Learning and insights from a real-world implementation context

    This study aims to explore the process of collecting and using cost data from programme implementers’ perspectives, in the context of delivering a prevention and early intervention programme in a real-world setting. Authors: Stapley, E., Herbert, K., Cattan, S., Deighton, J. (2022).

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