One in thirty children experience a form of child abuse

Trauma and child maltreatment: ten years of knowledge development

Marie-José van HoofA group of Dutch experts in trauma and child abuse has been developing evidence-based, clinical knowledge for ten years now. Their output is impressive. Their protocol is applicable for diagnostics and treatment by any mental health professional. "The clinical profile is best summarized by the concept of developmental trauma disorder, but that definition has not yet been included in the DSM-5. The consequences for mental and physical health are lifelong. We learn more and more about how trauma affects the genes, immunology and the functioning of the brain", Marie-José van Hoof, initiator and chair of the expert group, explains. Read the interview.

  • ECAP November issue

    Results of the EDEN Mother–Child Cohort

    Being socially withdrawn at the age of one year is associated with lower IQ scores at five to six years. The potential influence of withdrawal behaviour on motor and language skills may occur early in development and call for early detection of delay in acquisition of language and motor skills among socially withdrawn young children. These conclusions are presented by Antoine Guedeney et al. from the EDEN Mother-Child Cohort (Paris, France) in the November issue of ECAP, the official ESCAP journal. Also read the editorial by Nadia Micali (University of Geneva, Switzerland), commenting on this study, or view all contents.


    Prevention of suicidal behaviour in adolescents

    “The idea is to try and encourage adolescents and children to feel more free about asking for help”, says Dr Alan Apter of Schneider Children's Medical Center, Petach Tikva (Israel). Read the exclusive Alan Apter interview on ESCAP’s research pages, including abstracts and original presentations, backgrounds, and publications.

  • 'Uppskattadindag'

    SFBUP (Sweden) develops mood and sleep diary App

    The Swedish Association for Child and Adolescent psychiatry (SFBUP) has financed and developed a mood and sleep diary App, titled Uppskattadindag (appreciate your day), as an application for mobile phones and Windows 10 to make it easier for patients to record and keep track of their mental state and daily functioning over time.
    Read more.


    Delegates' feedback to the Geneva conference

    Delegates at the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva commented very positively to the event. Almost all (97%) of the respondents to the after-congress survey said to consider to visit the next congress in – 48% were already "quite sure" to attend the Vienna event in 2019. Apart from many compliments, the 2017 ESCAP audience also contributed a treasure of comments and ideas that will help ESCAP to match this excellent performance at the next congress. Critical remarks were aimed at the high number of parallel high quality talks, which made it hard to chose which session to attend.
    Read more about the survey outcomes.


    Mood problems: the person-centred approach

    Professor Patrick Luyten (Leuven, London), pleads for a more person-centred approach of mood problems in young people, a greater focus on developmental factors and underlying vulnerability, and less parent blaming. Luyten was a keynote speaker at the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva. Read the interview.

  • First Perinatal 'Total Health' Congress

    The First International Perinatal TOTAL Health Congress will be co-organized by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and twelve other Romanian and international organizations in June 2018 at Sinaia, in the Prahova mountains of Romania. This congress wants to define the importance of the first thousand days of life and their lifelong health consequences, with a focus on research, education and training, health systems and services, and health policies. It will highlight the advantages of collaboration and integration in achieving "TOTAL Health".
    Plenary speakers are Michael Marmot (UK), Amanda Howe (UK), Julie Boom (USA), Hany Aly (USA), Charles Nemeroff (USA) and Helen Hermann (Australia). Read more.

  • Fonagy: ESCAP Expert Article on borderline personality disorder

    Professor Peter Fonagy wrote an ESCAP Expert Article on borderline personality disorder in adolescence. This "research review with implications for clinical practice" was published in the November issue of the ECAP Journal.
    View Peter Fonagy's 100+ slides presentation, read the interview or watch his comments on video.


    Tourette syndrome: newest findings on treatment and pathophysiology

    At the ESCAP 2017 Congress in Geneva, Professor Pieter J. Hoekstra (Netherlands) has performed a state-of-the-art lecture, titled: Tourette syndrome: an update on newest findings on treatment and pathophysiology.
    Read the Pieter Hoekstra interview.


    World Awareness for Children in Trauma

    World Awareness for Children in Trauma (WACIT) has finished its second phase to a fundraising campaign on six continents in six weeks. The 6x6 traveled Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Brazil, Kenya and Tanzania. Professor Panos Vostanis (University of Leicester, UK) visited charities to train staff and volunteers in helping children in trauma. Training workshops were combined with sports events with the charities and children living in slums, favelas, disadvantaged communities, or who are homeless. Read his report. Professor Vostanis has reported on the WACIT 6x6 as a state-of-the-art speaker at the ESCAP 2017 Congres.


    "High level priority" for youth mental health research

    ROAMER research Roadmap
    The ROAMER consortium has published its important final recommendations on European mental health research. The end report (Roadmap) assigned the number one “high level priority” to “research into mental disorder prevention, mental health promotion and interventions in children, adolescents and young adults.” Read more.


    "Double standard for access to mental health care"

    “Imagine if people with cancer or heart disease were told: ‘It’s not serious enough, come back later when it is worse’. We are talking about a massive double standard here between mental illness and somatic illness.”
    Professor Patrick McGorry (Melbourne, Australia) takes an activist point of view on the access of young people to mental health services. Specifically in their transition from youth to adulthood, adolescents with mental health problems often meet the care system at its weakest. McGorry has presented a keynote lecture at the ESCAP Congress in Geneva. Read the interview (English / français / Deutsch).



    "Dazugehören": immediate help for refugee children

    Jörg Fegert at ESCAP 2017 GenevaImmediate help for refugee children who need it and research into understanding their needs. These are two of the current missions of professor Jörg Fegert (Ulm, Germany), renowned specialist in child abuse and traumatisation. ‘Dazugehören’ (Being part of it) was the title of his keynote lecture at the 2017 DGKJP Kongress (Ulm, Germany), and at the July 2017 ESCAP Congress (Geneva). Read the interview in English, French or German.


    Growing up poor: a high-risk transition

    Maria Melchior, keynote at ESCAP 2017

    Inequality is related to the onset of mental health problems, confirms Maria Melchior, member of ERES, the prominent social epidemiology research team of the collaborating Paris universities. Melchior was the opening keynote lecturer at the ESCAP 2017 Congress about Social inequalities in children’s mental health. Read the interview in English, French or German and learn about her answers to the high risks of low socioeconomic status (SES). 


    Transition to adulthood and mental health problems: too hard to cope with

    Dr Eva Lindgren's most recent study shows that being a parent to a young adult with mental illness in transition to adulthood can be an unbearable burden. “Too hard to cope with.” Lindgren (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden) presented her findings from the nursing angle at the ESCAP 2017 Congress in Geneva. 
    Read the interview.


    Charman: study on reducing autism "very promising"

    Tony CharmanProfessor Tony Charman (King’s College London) says he aims “to make differences between trajectories and try to divert children from a pathway where they would possibly go on to develop autism, to a more typical outcome”. As a keynote speaker at the ESCAP 2017 Congress, Charman has presented his “very promising” study on the effects of early intervention on reducing autism. Read the interview in EnglishFrench or German.


    Focused screening for mental disorders

    Johannes HebebrandPre- and postnatal screening instruments are at every clinician's disposal. But does it make sense to apply these instruments for universal screening? What are the underlying aims? Are we able to provide follow-up treatments? Professor Johannes Hebebrand provided an overview and weighed the considerations. Read the interview on his keynote lecture at the ESCAP 2017 Congress in Geneva (Switzerland). This story is available in EnglishFrench and German.


    Bernard Golse on joint therapies and interactive guidance

    Bernard Golse (AEPEA)The president of AEPEA (L’Association Européenne de Psychopathologie de l’Enfant et de l’Adolescent), professor Bernard Golse, has performed a state of the art lecture at the 2017 ESCAP Congress in Geneva. Read more.

    AEPEA child and adolescent psychiatry


    High prevalence of mental disorders in Austrian adolescents

    A large sample epidemiological study to assess the prevalence of mental disorders in Austrian adolescents between 10 and 18 years has now been published in ECAP, the official ESCAP journal. The Austrian and British investigators conclude that "DSM-5 mental health disorders are highly prevalent among Austrian adolescents" and recommend that "early access to effective interventions for these problems is needed to reduce burden due to mental health disorders." Read the article (open access) or download the pdf.


    The long-term effects of bullying

    Dieter WolkeBullying has underestimated long-term effects into adulthood on depression, anxiety disorder, increased self-harm, increased suicide, and psychotic symptoms.
    Professor Dieter Wolke (University of Warwick, UK) reveals the huge impact that bullying by peers and siblings can have on children's mental health. He has performed a keynote lecture at the ESCAP 2017 conference in Geneva. Read the interview in English, en français, auf Deutsch.

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