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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. Content type: Research article

    Reliable and easy to administer screening instruments focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders and associated conditions are scarce. The Autism–Tics, AD/HD and other Comorbidities inventory (A-TAC) has previou...

    Authors: Caroline Mårland, Paul Lichtenstein, Alessio Degl’Innocenti, Tomas Larson, Maria Råstam, Henrik Anckarsäter, Christopher Gillberg, Thomas Nilsson and Sebastian Lundström

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:403

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    Adolescence and young adulthood is a vulnerable time during which young people experience many development milestones, as well as an increased incidence of mental illness. During this time, youth also transiti...

    Authors: Kathleen L. Broad, Vijay K. Sandhu, Nadiya Sunderji and Alice Charach

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:380

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Autistic personality traits (APT) and schizotypal personality traits (SPT) are associated with depression. However, mediating factors within these relationships have not yet been explored. Thus, the focus of t...

    Authors: Jianbo Liu, Jingbo Gong, Guanghui Nie, Yuqiong He, Bo Xiao, Yanmei Shen and Xuerong Luo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:352

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Maternal exposure to adversity during the perinatal period has been associated with increased susceptibility for psychiatric symptoms in the offspring. The aim of this study was to investigate a possible devel...

    Authors: Johan Isaksson, Negussie Deyessa, Yemane Berhane and Ulf Högberg

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:344

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  5. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:336

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  6. Content type: Case report

    Long-term effects of neglect in early life are still widely unknown. Diversity of outcomes can be explained by differences in genetic risk, epigenetics, prenatal factors, exposure to stress and/or substances, ...

    Authors: Magdalena Romanowicz, Alastair J. McKean and Jennifer Vande Voort

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:330

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:279

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  8. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:281

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:269

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  10. Content type: Debate

    Many children with mental health disorders do not receive adequate treatment due to the uneven dissemination of resources, and other barriers to treatment. In the case of pediatric obsessive compulsive disorde...

    Authors: Lidewij H. Wolters, Vivian op de Beek, Bernhard Weidle and Norbert Skokauskas

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:226

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  11. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:213

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Current clinical guidelines recommend non-pharmacological interventions as first-line treatments for young patients aged 16–24 years with a mental health condition (MHC). However, several studies have noted in...

    Authors: Bianca Brijnath, Ting Xia, Lyle Turner and Danielle Mazza

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:214

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:206

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Impairment of sleep and circadian rhythm is a typical feature of bipolar disorder (BD). We carried out an exploratory cross-sectional case-control study to extend the knowledge of sleep characteristics in offs...

    Authors: Antonin Sebela, Tomas Novak, David Kemlink and Michal Goetz

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:199

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:146

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