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BMC Psychiatry

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

    College students are at risk of depression. This risk may be increased by the experience of childhood adversity and/or recent stressors. This study examined the association between reported experiences of chil...

    Authors: Sumaya Mall, Philippe Mortier, Lian Taljaard, Janine Roos, Dan J. Stein and Christine Lochner

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:63

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    Depression is a significant health and economic burden worldwide affecting not only adults but also children and adolescents. Current treatment options for this group are scarce and show moderate effect sizes....

    Authors: Manuel Föcker, Jochen Antel, Corinna Grasemann, Dagmar Führer, Nina Timmesfeld, Dana Öztürk, Triinu Peters, Anke Hinney, Johannes Hebebrand and Lars Libuda

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:57

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    Suboptimal physical activity levels and tolerance, poor motor skills and poor physical health are demonstrated in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We speculate that social interaction and communic...

    Authors: Clare C. W. Yu, Simpson W. L. Wong, Farica S. F. Lo, Raymond C. H. So and Dorothy F. Y. Chan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:56

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have long-term and far-reaching impacts on health and social and occupational functioning. This study examined factors associated with persistent PTSD among U.S. servic...

    Authors: Richard F. Armenta, Toni Rush, Cynthia A. LeardMann, Jeffrey Millegan, Adam Cooper and Charles W. Hoge

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:48

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    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental condition in childhood (5.3% to 7.1% worldwide prevalence), with substantial overall financial burden to children/adolescents, the...

    Authors: Javier Quintero, Josep A. Ramos-Quiroga, Javier San Sebastián, Francisco Montañés, Alberto Fernández-Jaén, José Martínez-Raga, Marta García Giral, Montserrat Graell, María J. Mardomingo, César Soutullo, Jesús Eiris, Montserrat Téllez, Montserrat Pamias, Javier Correas, Juncal Sabaté, Laura García-Orti…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:40

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    There are multiple negative consequences associated with heavy episodic drinking and close associations between substance abuse and depression, alcohol-intoxicated adolescents (AIA) represent a vulnerable grou...

    Authors: Hanna E. Schwendemann, Heidi Kuttler, Thomas Mößle and Eva Maria Bitzer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:36

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the possible association between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) with special focus on the role of comorbidit...

    Authors: Judit Balázs, Dóra Győri, Lili Olga Horváth, Gergely Mészáros and Dóra Szentiványi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:34

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    The aim of the present study was to examine the internal structure and reliability of the Attachment Insecurity Screening Inventory (AISI) 6–12. The AISI 6–12 years is a parent-report questionnaire for assessi...

    Authors: Anouk Spruit, Inge Wissink, Marc J. Noom, Cristina Colonnesi, Nelleke Polderman, Lucia Willems, Charlotte Barning and Geert Jan J. M. Stams

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:30

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    Self-harm (SH) is an emerging problem among Chinese adolescents. The present study aimed to measure the prevalence of SH behaviours and to explore the relationship between childhood adversity and different SH ...

    Authors: Azhu Han, Gengfu Wang, Geng Xu and Puyu Su

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:28

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Personality with stable behavioural traits emerges in the adolescent and young adult years. Models of putatively distinct, but correlated, personality traits have been developed to describe behavioural styles ...

    Authors: Ela Polek, Peter B. Jones, Pasco Fearon, Jeannette Brodbeck, Michael Moutoussis, NSPN Consortium, Ray Dolan, Peter Fonagy, Edward T. Bullmore and Ian M. Goodyer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:23

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    There is a great demand for non-medical treatment and support targeting the needs of adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There ...

    Authors: Helena Sehlin, Britt Hedman Ahlström, Gerhard Andersson and Elisabet Wentz

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:15

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with an unclear etiology. Pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) have been suggested to play a role in the etiology of autism. The current...

    Authors: Yidong Shen, Huixi Dong, Xiaozi Lu, Nan Lian, Guanglei Xun, Lijuan Shi, Lu Xiao, Jingping Zhao and Jianjun Ou

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:11

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    Child psychiatric treatment facilities vary greatly worldwide and are virtually non-existent in many low-income countries. One of the most common psychiatric disorders in childhood is ADHD, with an estimated p...

    Authors: Arzu Arat, Viveca Östberg, Bo Burström and Anders Hjern

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:3

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    Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a serious health risk behavior that forms the basis of a tentative diagnosis in DSM-5, NSSI Disorder (NSSID). To date, established treatments specific to NSSI or NSSID are sca...

    Authors: Johan Bjureberg, Hanna Sahlin, Clara Hellner, Erik Hedman-Lagerlöf, Kim L. Gratz, Jonas Bjärehed, Jussi Jokinen, Matthew T. Tull and Brjánn Ljótsson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:411

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    Family-level predictors, including caregiver depression, are considered important influences on adolescent mental health. Adolescent depression and anxiety in refugee settings is known to be a significant publ...

    Authors: Sarah R Meyer, Mara Steinhaus, Clare Bangirana, Patrick Onyango-Mangen and Lindsay Stark

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:405

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    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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    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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    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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    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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