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

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Research article

    Parental separation in childhood as a risk factor for depression in adulthood: a community-based study of adolescents screened for depression and followed up after 15 years

    Earlier research has investigated the association between parental separation and long-term health outcomes among offspring, but few studies have assessed the potentially moderating role of mental health statu...

    Hannes Bohman, Sara Brolin Låftman, Aivar Päären and Ulf Jonsson

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:117

    Published on: 29 March 2017

  7. Study protocol

    The influence of participation in target-shooting sport for children with inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive symptoms – A controlled study of best practice

    Practising target-shooting sport requires focused attention and motoric steadiness. A previous non-controlled pilot study suggests that children with impairing symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disor...

    Annegrete Gohr Månsson, Mette Elmose, Søren Dalsgaard and Kirsten K. Roessler

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:115

    Published on: 28 March 2017

  8. Study protocol

    Working memory training in children with neuropsychiatric disorders and mild to borderline intellectual functioning, the role of coaching; a double-blind randomized controlled trial

    Working memory training (WMT) has been shown to offer therapeutic benefits to both patients with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and patients with mild to borderline Intellectual Disabilities (...

    Sammy Roording-Ragetlie, Helen Klip, Jan Buitelaar and Dorine Slaats-Willemse

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:114

    Published on: 28 March 2017

  9. Research article

    Does continuous trusted adult support in childhood impart life-course resilience against adverse childhood experiences - a retrospective study on adult health-harming behaviours and mental well-being

    Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) including child abuse and household problems (e.g. domestic violence) increase risks of poor health and mental well-being in adulthood. Factors such as having access to a t...

    Mark A. Bellis, Katie Hardcastle, Kat Ford, Karen Hughes, Kathryn Ashton, Zara Quigg and Nadia Butler

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:110

    Published on: 23 March 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:140

  10. Research article

    Influence of socioeconomic status on antipsychotic prescriptions among youth in France

    Recent studies analysing the trends in antipsychotic (AP) prescriptions for children and adolescents have raised concerns regarding the influence of socioeconomic status. Previous findings have also shown vari...

    Olivier Bonnot, Mélanie Dufresne, Paula Herrera, Emmanuelle Michaud, Jacques Pivette, Anicet Chaslerie, Anne Sauvaget and Caroline Vigneau

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:82

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Register-based study of the incidence, comorbidities and demographics of obsessive-compulsive disorder in specialist healthcare

    Incidence of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been suspected to increase but nationwide epidemiological studies are limited. This study aims to examine sex-specific incidence time trends and characteriz...

    Hanna Rintala, Roshan Chudal, Sami Leppämäki, Susanna Leivonen, Susanna Hinkka-Yli-Salomäki and Andre Sourander

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:64

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  12. Research article

    Study of user experience of an objective test (QbTest) to aid ADHD assessment and medication management: a multi-methods approach

    The diagnosis and monitoring of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) typically relies on subjective reports and observations. Objective continuous performance tests (CPTs) have been incorporated int...

    Charlotte L. Hall, Althea Z. Valentine, Gemma M. Walker, Harriet M. Ball, Heather Cogger, David Daley, Madeleine J. Groom, Kapil Sayal and Chris Hollis

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:66

    Published on: 10 February 2017

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