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. Research article

    Prevalence and correlates for ADHD and relation with social and academic functioning among children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS in Uganda

    Aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), its associated correlates and relations with clinical and behavioural problems among children and adolescen...

    Richard Stephen Mpango, Eugene Kinyanda, Godfrey Zari Rukundo, Jonathan Levin, Kenneth D. Gadow and Vikram Patel

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:336

    Published on: 22 September 2017

  2. Research article

    The effect of youth assertive community treatment: a systematic PRISMA review

    During the past decades deinstitutionalisation policies have led to a transition from inpatient towards community mental health care. Many European countries implement Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) as an...

    Richard Vijverberg, Robert Ferdinand, Aartjan Beekman and Berno van Meijel

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:284

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Validation and psychometric properties of the Somatic and Psychological HEalth REport (SPHERE) in a young Australian-based population sample using non-parametric item response theory

    The Somatic and Psychological HEalth REport (SPHERE) is a 34-item self-report questionnaire that assesses symptoms of mental distress and persistent fatigue. As it was developed as a screening instrument for u...

    Baptiste Couvy-Duchesne, Tracey A. Davenport, Nicholas G. Martin, Margaret J. Wright and Ian B. Hickie

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:279

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Autism Spectrum disorders (ASD) in South Asia: a systematic review

    Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders. The prevalence of ASD in many South Asian countries is still unknown. The aim of this study was to systematically review ava...

    Mohammad Didar Hossain, Helal Uddin Ahmed, M M Jalal Uddin, Waziul Alam Chowdhury, Mohd S Iqbal, Razin Iqbal Kabir, Imran Ahmed Chowdhury, Afzal Aftab, Pran Gopal Datta, Golam Rabbani, Saima Wazed Hossain and Malabika Sarker

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:281

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  5. Study protocol

    ESCAschool study: trial protocol of an adaptive treatment approach for school-age children with ADHD including two randomised trials

    The ESCAschool study addresses the treatment of school-age children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a large multicentre trial. It aims to investigate three interrelated topics: (i) Clin...

    Manfred Döpfner, Christopher Hautmann, Christina Dose, Tobias Banaschewski, Katja Becker, Daniel Brandeis, Martin Holtmann, Thomas Jans, Carolin Jenkner, Sabina Millenet, Tobias Renner, Marcel Romanos and Elena von Wirth

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:269

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Alterations of hair cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone in mother-infant-dyads with maternal childhood maltreatment

    Child maltreatment (CM) has severe effects on psychological and physical health. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the major stress system of the body, is dysregulated after CM. The analysis of co...

    K. Schury, A. M. Koenig, D. Isele, A. L. Hulbert, S. Krause, M. Umlauft, S. Kolassa, U. Ziegenhain, A. Karabatsiakis, F. Reister, H. Guendel, J. M. Fegert and I.-T. Kolassa

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:213

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  7. Study protocol

    Study protocol of the ASD-Net, the German research consortium for the study of Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan: from a better etiological understanding, through valid diagnosis, to more effective health care

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a severe, lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder with early onset that places a heavy burden on affected individuals and their families. Due to the need for highly specialized h...

    Inge Kamp-Becker, Luise Poustka, Christian Bachmann, Stefan Ehrlich, Falk Hoffmann, Philipp Kanske, Peter Kirsch, Sören Krach, Frieder Michel Paulus, Marcella Rietschel, Stefan Roepke, Veit Roessner, Tanja Schad-Hansjosten, Tania Singer, Sanna Stroth, Stephanie Witt…

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:206

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  8. Study protocol

    Movement cognition and narration of the emotions treatment versus standard speech therapy in the treatment of children with borderline intellectual functioning: a randomized controlled trial

    Borderline intellectual functioning (BIF) is defined as a “health meta-condition… characterized by various cognitive dysfunctions associated with an intellectual quotient (IQ) between 71 and 85 which determine...

    V Blasi, G Baglio, F Baglio, MP Canevini and M Zanette

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:146

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  9. Research article

    Allergic diseases in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Reports of frequent manifestation of allergic diseases in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been the subject of mounting clinical interest. However, evidence supporting the ass...

    Celine Miyazaki, Momoko Koyama, Erika Ota, Toshiyuki Swa, Linda B. Mlunde, Rachel M. Amiya, Yoshiyuki Tachibana, Kiwako Yamamoto-Hanada and Rintaro Mori

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:120

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  10. Research article

    Methylphenidate use and school performance among primary school children: a descriptive study

    There is no conclusive evidence that stimulants have beneficial effects on major associated outcome parameters, particularly school performance. We assessed the differences in school performance among children...

    Jurjen van der Schans, Rukiye Çiçek, Sefike Vardar, Jens HJ Bos, Tjalling W de Vries, Pieter J Hoekstra and Eelko Hak

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:116

    Published on: 29 March 2017

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