children and adolescents

The relationship between harsh parenting and adolescent depression

This research paper has been published by the National Library of Medicine. The abstract says: “Guided by Beck’s cognitive model of depression, this study comprehensively explores the mechanisms linking harsh parenting, rumination, and victimization to the development of adolescent depression. A total…
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Adverse childhood experiences: a meta-analysis of prevalence and moderators among half a million adults in 206 studies

This paper has been published in World Psychiatry. The abstract says: “Exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including maltreatment and family dysfunction, is a major contributor to the global burden of disease and disability. With a large body of international literature on…
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Decline in Independent Activity as a Cause of Decline in Children’s Mental

“”Our thesis is that a primary cause of the rise in mental disorders is a decline over decades in opportunities for children and teens to play, roam, and engage in other activities independent of direct oversight and control by adults.”…
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Psychiatric Drugging of Children and Youth as a Form of Child Abuse: Not a Radical Proposition

This research article by Dr. Bonnie Burstow has been published in Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. The abstract says: “Although affirming that the psychiatric drugging of children constitutes both adultism (oppression based on treating adult behavior as normative) and sanism (oppression based…
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Wishful thinking: antidepressant drugs in childhood depression

This paper from Anne Tonkin and Jon Jureidini has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It begins: “The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in children under 18 years old increased ten-fold (from 0.5 to 4.6 per 1000)…
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Risk of Suicidal Behaviors and Antidepressant Exposure Among Children and Adolescents: A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies

This meta-analysis has been published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. The summary is as follows: “Objectives: Although several studies have reviewed the suicidal risk of antidepressants, the conclusions remain inconsistent. We, therefore, performed a meta-analysis of observational studies to address the…
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Overmedicalization of young people’s distress is undermining and disempowering families

This article by Emma Fergusson, Shona Reed-Purvis and Lucy Foulkes has been published in Nature. It begins: “Cases of mild or transient distress in young people are increasingly viewed as problems that require medical intervention. As CAMHS clinicians, we argue that…
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Children and young people’s social prescribing: new evidence review

This review has been published by the National Academy for Social Prescribing. The overview says: “We have published a new evidence review about social prescribing for children and young people, alongside the results of a survey with professionals.  Social prescribing can…
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