ESCAP's purpose is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families throughout Europe. To do so, we are constantly working on initiatives based on research, clinical and policy, as well as organising events and educational programs to nurture child and adolescent psychiatry at all levels. Our recent activities:
Accoring to its status, ESCAP pursues the following aims:
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ECAP Journal - February 2024 issue
Editorial: Aetiological developmental models of symptoms of mental disorders in children: are we focussing on the relevant aspects in relation to individual diagnosis and intervention?
Christine M. Freitag
There is a long history of empirical research testing biologically or psychosocially oriented models to explain the incidence and prevalence of mental disorders, first, in adults since around the nineteenth century and, more recently, also in children since around mid of the twentieth century. Many early models focussed on single or just a few factors, which were expected to explain most of the variance in behaviour, impairment or psychopathology associated with mental disorders, accommodating the human mind’s cognitive bias of seeking causality. By integrating current advances in genetics, epigenetics, neuroscience (including neurocognitive, behavioural and interpersonal aspects) as well as computational basic science, aetiological models of mental disorders, diagnostic and intervention approaches for mental disorders in children and adolescents may be considerably revised in the future.
MENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH: New Realities, Experiences and Knowledge
At ESCAP we love to participate in the local congresses that our National Member countries organise. ESCAP president Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, ECAP editor in chief Johannes Hebebrand, ESCAP 2022 congress president Manon Hillegers, joined ESCAP board member Milica Pejovic-Milovancevic in Belgrade on the 26-28th May to take part in the Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions of Serbia DEAPS VI congress. They held a special ESCAP symposium to discuss the impact of COVID19 on mental health of youth in Europe. Professor Hebebrand held a plenary lecture on "Pronounced clinical improvement in patients with anorexia nervosa upon treatment with human recombinant leptin". In general, the 3-day congress had a packed programme with great opportunities for attendees to discuss key issues in child and adolescent psychiatry in Europe.
We are more than happy to have ESCAP representatives at your local congresses, get in touch with us on email@example.com to discuss further.
European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry Journal
"The infliction of war and military aggression upon children must be considered a violation of their basic human rights and can have a persistent impact on their physical and mental health and well-being, with long-term consequences for their development. Given the recent events in Ukraine with millions on the flight, this scoping policy editorial aims to help guide mental health support for young victims of war through an overview of the direct and indirect burden of war on child mental health. We highlight multilevel, need-oriented, and trauma-informed approaches to regaining and sustaining outer and inner security after exposure to the trauma of war."
The European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) is a not-for-profit association whose purpose is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families. As well as to improve the quality of their lives and to ensure children’s right for support to healthy mental development and for appropriate preventive and therapeutic mental health services and interventions.