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Child, adolescent and developmental psychiatry

This section covers all aspects of developmental psychiatry ranging from child to adolescent. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, psychiatric disorders that primarily manifest in childhood (e.g., attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, learning disabilities), psychiatric disorders that frequently emerge during childhood (e.g., mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders) provided the focus is on a child sample, plus studies on the role of early experience, childhood maltreatment and gene x environment interactions. Studies involving neuroimaging, objective measures/biomarkers and novel therapeutic modalities are particularly encouraged.

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  1. It is well established that academic achievement and other school-related outcomes are associated with mental health status in children and youths. However, few studies have examined the influence of socioecon...

    Authors: Evelina Landstedt, Cristian Bortes and Mattias Strandh

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:441

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:456

  2. The evaluation of treatment outcomes is important for service providers to assess if there is improvement or not. The Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA) was developed fo...

    Authors: Grace Nduku Wambua, Manasi Kumar, Fredrik Falkenström and Pim Cuijpers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:440

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  3. Depressive disorders are common in adolescence and are associated with a wide range of negative long-term outcomes. Highly controlled randomized controlled trials (RCT) provide considerable evidence for the ef...

    Authors: Daniel Walter, Jana Buschsieweke, Lydia Dachs, Hildegard Goletz, Anja Goertz-Dorten, Claudia Kinnen, Daniela Perri, Christiane Rademacher, Stephanie Schuermann, Paula Viefhaus, Katrin Woitecki, Tanja Wolff Metternich-Kaizman, Elena von Wirth and Manfred Doepfner

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:423

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  4. Rapid socio-economic development makes China a unique laboratory for examining how lifestyle changes affect adolescent mental health. This study aims to identify joint trajectories of modifiable lifestyle indi...

    Authors: Anhui Zhang, Jiao Fang, Yuhui Wan, Puyu Su, Fangbiao Tao and Ying Sun

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:407

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  5. The study aim was to examine the secular trends and regional variations in pharmacotherapy of children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Germany.

    Authors: Manas K. Akmatov, Jakob Holstiege and Jörg Bätzing

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:405

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  6. Interventions that promote infant mental health face challenges when applied for parents who struggle with psychosocial and psychological burdens. Video-based guidance using the Marte Meo method is used in spe...

    Authors: Indra Simhan, Kari Vik, Marius Veseth and Aslak Hjeltnes

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:400

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  7. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to threaten the physical and mental health of people across the world. This study aimed to understand the psychological impact of this disease on adol...

    Authors: Hang Zhang, Hanmei Xu, Lijuan Huang, Yanping Wang, Fang Deng, Xiaolan Wang, Xiaowei Tang, Wo Wang, Xia Fu, Yuanmei Tao and Li Yin

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:395

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  8. To the best of our knowledge, although the Chinese version of the Yale Global Tic Severity Scale (YGTSS) is widely used in child psychiatry departments in China, there is very little evidence focusing on the p...

    Authors: Fang Wen, Yi Gu, Junjuan Yan, Jingran Liu, Fang Wang, Liping Yu, Ying Li and Yonghua Cui

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:394

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  9. The new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has been accompanied by severe psychological pressure on the entire population. However, little is known about how this pandemic could affect the more vulnerable populat...

    Authors: George Giannakopoulos, Savvina Mylona, Anastasia Zisimopoulou, Maria Belivanaki, Stella Charitaki and Gerasimos Kolaitis

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:379

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  10. The onset of mental disorders typically occurs between the ages of 12 and 25, and the burden of mental health problems is the most consequential for this group. Indicated prevention interventions to target ind...

    Authors: M. van Doorn, A. Popma, T. van Amelsvoort, C. McEnery, J. F. Gleeson, F. G. Ory, Jaspers M. W. M., M. Alvarez-Jimenez and D. H. Nieman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:368

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  11. Children and adolescents’ mental health problems have been largely assessed with conventional symptom scales, for example, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) given that it is one of the mostly wide...

    Authors: Yeosun Yoon, Jessica Deighton, Alice Wickersham, Julian Edbrooke-Childs, David Osborn, Essi Viding and Johnny Downs

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:366

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  12. Educational interventions engage youth using visual, literary and performing arts to combat stigma associated with mental health problems. However, it remains unknown whether arts interventions are effective i...

    Authors: Shivani Mathur Gaiha, Tatiana Taylor Salisbury, Shamaila Usmani, Mirja Koschorke, Usha Raman and Mark Petticrew

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:364

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  13. The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019(COVID-19) caused psychological stress in Chinese adults population. But we are unaware of whether the pandemic causes psychological stress on children.

    Authors: Hanmei Xu, Hang Zhang, Lijuan Huang, Xiaolan Wang, Xiaowei Tang, Yanping Wang, Qingqing Xiao, Ping Xiong, Rongqiu Jiang, Jie Zhan, Fang Deng, Mingya Yu, Dong Liu, Xuejun Liu, Chunli Zhang, Wenjun Wang…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:330

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  14. Over the past few years, there has been growing public and research interest in adolescents’ experiences with various forms of bullying victimisation because of their psychological, emotional, and/ or physical...

    Authors: Richard Gyan Aboagye, Abdul-Aziz Seidu, John Elvis Hagan Jr, James Boadu Frimpong, Eugene Budu, Collins Adu, Raymond K. Ayilu and Bright Opoku Ahinkorah

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:325

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  15. The assessment of functional impairment is crucial both for the diagnosis and the therapeutic approach to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The purpose of the present study was to evaluate whether the FAST is a ...

    Authors: Laura Gisbert-Gustemps, Jorge Lugo-Marín, Imanol Setien Ramos, Gemma Español Martín, Eduard Vieta, C. Mar Bonnín and Josep Antoni Ramos Quiroga

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:321

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  16. This study investigated cognitive and emotional functioning in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders (DICCD).

    Authors: Yuncheng Zhu, Li Liu, Daoliang Yang, Haifeng Ji, Tianming Huang, Lianxue Xue, Xixi Jiang, Kaiyun Li, Lily Tao, Qing Cai and Yiru Fang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:232

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  17. Our goal was to accurately detect young children at risk for long-term psychiatric disturbances after potentially traumatic experiences in the course of relocation. In addition to detailed assessment of parent...

    Authors: Andrea Hahnefeld, Thorsten Sukale, Elena Weigand, Katharina Münch, Sigrid Aberl, Lea V. Eckler, Davin Schmidt, Anna Friedmann, Paul L. Plener, Jörg M. Fegert and Volker Mall

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:228

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  18. Child and adolescent mental health problems are urgent health issues in low- and middle-income countries. To promote child and adolescent mental health services, simple validated screening tools are helpful. I...

    Authors: Ai Aoki, Togoobaatar Ganchimeg, Nyam Naranbaatar, Zuunnast Khishigsuren, Lkagvasuren Gundegmaa, Shagdar Bat-Erdene, Bolorchimeg Munkhbaatar, Rintaro Mori, Akihito Kikuchi, Hideaki Soya, Kiyoto Kasai and Kenji Takehara

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:218

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  19. Adolescent-onset depression often results in a chronic and recurrent course, and is associated with worse outcomes relative to adult-onset depression. Targeting habitual depressive rumination, a specific known...

    Authors: Henrietta Roberts, Rachel H. Jacobs, Katie L. Bessette, Sheila E. Crowell, Mindy Westlund-Schreiner, Leah Thomas, Rebecca E. Easter, Stephanie L. Pocius, Alina Dillahunt, Summer Frandsen, Briana Schubert, Brian Farstead, Patricia Kerig, Robert C. Welsh, David Jago, Scott A. Langenecker…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:206

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  20. Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by the continual presence of primary motor and vocal tics. Grey matter abnormalities have been identified in numerous studies of TS, but conflict...

    Authors: Fang Wen, Junjuan Yan, Liping Yu, Fang Wang, Jingran Liu, Ying Li and Yonghua Cui

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:184

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  21. Although there is strong evidence for a relationship between child abuse and neglect and conduct problems, associations between child abuse experienced at different developmental stages and developmental traje...

    Authors: Andreas Bauer, Gemma Hammerton, Abigail Fraser, Graeme Fairchild and Sarah L. Halligan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:89

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  22. To provide insight on physicians’ perspectives concerning recent changes in the incidence and diagnostic process of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to other mental and neurodevelopmental disorders.

    Authors: Michael Davidovitch, Dorit Shmueli, Ran Shmuel Rotem and Aviva Mimouni Bloch

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:150

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  23. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder. Effective long-term treatment options are limited, which warrants increased focus on potential modifiable risk factor...

    Authors: Tiril Cecilie Borge, Guido Biele, Eleni Papadopoulou, Lene Frost Andersen, Felice Jacka, Merete Eggesbø, Ida Henriette Caspersen, Heidi Aase, Helle Margrete Meltzer and Anne Lise Brantsæter

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:139

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  24. The first years of life are a significant period for child development, when children are particularly sensitive and prone to crises. This early phase lays the foundation for healthy growth. Clinical assessmen...

    Authors: Mona Katharina Sprengeler, Janna Mattheß, Melanie Eckert, Katharina Richter, Gabriele Koch, Thomas Reinhold, Petra Vienhues, Anne Berghöfer, Julia Fricke, Stephanie Roll, Thomas Keil, Christiane Ludwig-Körner, Lars Kuchinke, Kai von Klitzing and Franziska Schlensog-Schuster

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:118

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  25. The frequency of trauma and different types of violence exposure in urban areas and their effects on the mental health of adolescents in developing countries are poorly investigated. Most information about tra...

    Authors: Joviana Quintes Avanci, Fernanda Serpeloni, Thiago Pires de Oliveira and Simone Gonçalves de Assis

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:75

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  26. Currently, there is increasing awareness of suicide-related behaviors. Mental health services are a key location for assisting people with suicide-related behaviors. However, few studies focused on the evaluat...

    Authors: Xi Fu, Jiaxin Yang, Xiaoli Liao, Yidong Shen, Jianjun Ou, Yamin Li and Runsen Chen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:62

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  27. Although epidemiological and genetic studies have provided scientific evidence that places schizophrenia into the framework of early neurodevelopmental disorders, the psycho-behavioral characteristics of child...

    Authors: Yukiko Hamasaki, Takao Nakayama, Takatoshi Hikida and Toshiya Murai

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:57

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  28. The aims of this study were to explore to explore the viewpoints of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and professionals regarding the implementation of screening programs for ASD, to exp...

    Authors: Hassan Shahrokhi, Akbar Ghiasi, Kamal Gholipour, Leila Mehdizadeh Fanid, Hamid Reza Shamekhi and Shabnam Iezadi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:55

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  29. Residential mobility during childhood increases risk of psychopathology in adulthood and is a common experience among Chinese children. This study investigated associations between number and age of first move...

    Authors: Yingzhe Zhang, Jeremy Coid, Xiang Liu, Yamin Zhang, Huan Sun, Xiaojing Li, Wanjie Tang, Qiang Wang, Wei Deng, Liansheng Zhao, Xiaohong Ma, Yajing Meng, Mingli Li, Huiyao Wang, Ting Chen, Qiuyue Lv…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:45

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  30. Dissociative (conversion) disorder in children is a complex biopsychosocial disorder with high rates of medical and psychiatric comorbidities. We sought to identify the characteristics and outcomes of children...

    Authors: Zhixu Fang, Yuhang Li, Lingling Xie, Min Cheng, Jiannan Ma, Tingsong Li, Xiujuan Li and Li Jiang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:31

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  31. Psychotic experiences (PEs) are not uncommon in young people and are associated with both psychopathology and compromised global functioning. Although psychotic experiences are transient (short-lived, self-res...

    Authors: Helen Coughlan, Erin Walton-Ball, Eleanor Carey, Colm Healy, Grace O’Regan-Murphy, Aoife Nic Uidhir, Mary C. Clarke and Mary Cannon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:30

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  32. Anxiety disorder is the most prevalent mental disorder among children and adolescents, causing significant psychosocial problems and physical health conditions. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effecti...

    Authors: Bangmin Yin, Teng Teng, Lyu Tong, Xuemei Li, Li Fan, Xinyu Zhou and Peng Xie

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:29

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:101

  33. This longitudinal study explored the relationship between trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms and offspring’s risk behavior in adolescence contributing to an extremely scarce literature about the impa...

    Authors: Ana Beatriz Bozzini, Jessica Mayumi Maruyama, Tiago N. Munhoz, Aluísio J. D. Barros, Fernando C. Barros, Iná S. Santos and Alicia Matijasevich

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:18

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  34. Tic disorders are childhood-onset neuropsychiatric disorders characterized by multiple motor or vocal tics with frequent comorbidities and a broad spectrum of phenotypic presentations. In this study, we aimed ...

    Authors: Eu Gene Park and Young-Hoon Kim

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:14

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  35. There is limited evidence on the use of antipsychotics in patients with early-onset schizophrenia, which lags significantly behind the studies on adult patients’ medication and has a large disparity from actua...

    Authors: Jiuping Zhang, Xin Cheng, Huihui Zhang, Ping Xu, Peiying Jin and Xiaoyan Ke

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2021 21:10

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  36. Conduct disorder (CD), a serious behavioral and emotional disorder in childhood and adolescence, characterized by disruptive behavior and breaking societal rules. Studies have explored the overlap of CD with n...

    Authors: Nóra Kerekes, Btissame Zouini, Emma Karlsson, Emma Cederholm, Paul Lichtenstein, Henrik Anckarsäter and Maria Råstam

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:595

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  37. Various parent training interventions have been shown to have some effect on the symptoms of children with autism. We carried out a systematic review and meta-analyses to assess effectiveness of parental train...

    Authors: Shoumitro (Shoumi) Deb, Ameeta Retzer, Meera Roy, Rupali Acharya, Bharati Limbu and Ashok Roy

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:583

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  38. There is little data on the long-term neurocognitive and educational outcomes among school-aged survivors of neonatal jaundice (NNJ) and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in Africa.

    Authors: Dorcas N. Magai, Hans M. Koot, Paul Mwangi, Esther Chongwo, Charles R. Newton and Amina Abubakar

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:578

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  39. Migrant adolescents are at a higher risk than their native-born counterparts of psychiatric disorders, and their care is a public health issue. In France, transcultural psychotherapy is a treatment provided by...

    Authors: Léa Grau, Emilie Carretier, Marie-Rose Moro, Anne Revah-Levy, Jordan Sibeoni and Jonathan Lachal

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:564

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  40. It is unclear whether the administration of antipsychotics to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is acceptable, equitable, and feasible.

    Authors: Gian Loreto D’Alò, Franco De Crescenzo, Laura Amato, Fabio Cruciani, Marina Davoli, Francesca Fulceri, Silvia Minozzi, Zuzana Mitrova, Gian Paolo Morgano, Franco Nardocci, Rosella Saulle, Holger Jens Schünemann and Maria Luisa Scattoni

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:561

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  41. Natural disasters are unpredictable and uncontrollable events that usually induce significant level of stress and social disruption in afflicted individuals. The consequences are formidable, affecting lifetime...

    Authors: Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Kashif Mughal, Rebecca Giallo and Dawn Kingston

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:543

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  42. To explore the relationship between adult Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), antistreptococcal titers, ABGA, and recurrent infections during early childhood.

    Authors: Francesco Oliva, Giulia di Girolamo, Francesca Malandrone, Noemi Iaia, Fiorella Biasi and Giuseppe Maina

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:542

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  43. Globally, 20% of young people experience mental disorders. In India, only 7.3% of its 365 million youth report such problems. Although public stigma associated with mental health problems particularly affects ...

    Authors: Shivani Mathur Gaiha, Tatiana Taylor Salisbury, Mirja Koschorke, Usha Raman and Mark Petticrew

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:538

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  44. Asverin® (tipepidine hibenzate) has been used as an antitussive for > 50 years in Japan. Studies revealed that tipepidine modulates monoamine levels, by inhibiting G-protein-activated inwardly rectifying potas...

    Authors: Takuya Saito, Yushiro Yamashita, Akemi Tomoda, Takashi Okada, Hideo Umeuchi, Saki Iwamori, Satoru Shinoda, Akiko Mizuno-Yasuhira, Hidetoshi Urano, Izumi Nishino and Kazuhiko Saito

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:530

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  45. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and history of prior suicide attempt (SA) have been shown to be high predictors for subsequent suicide. However, no previous study has examined how both factors interact t...

    Authors: Aveline Aouidad, David Cohen, Bojan Mirkovic, Hugues Pellerin, Sébastien Garny de La Rivière, Angèle Consoli, Priscille Gérardin and Jean-Marc Guilé

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:525

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  46. Children with attachment disorder show prosocial behavior problems. Children with a reactive attachment disorder show inhibited and emotionally withdrawn behavior. Consequently, these children typically displa...

    Authors: Bien Cuyvers, Eleonora Vervoort and Guy Bosmans

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:524

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