ECAP September focused issue

Conduct Disorder and Aggressive Behaviour in Children and Adolescents

Conduct Disorder & aggressive Behaviour

The September issue of European Child+Adolescent Psychiatry focuses on conduct disorder and aggressive behaviour in children and adolescents. It is a collaborative effort of the four consortia that received EU funding grants for research and innovation projects launched in 2013 on paediatric conduct disorders, aggressive behaviour and social impairments. Over the last 5 years, the research groups have generated encouraging research findings that have a translational impact, and public health importance. This focused issue offers an insight into some of these findings. 

This focused issue presents nine original contributions, an editorial by the coordinators of the consortia groups and also guest editors of this issue, and two review articles.
View all contents of the September 2018 issue.



  • Bosnia & Herzegovina

    Nermina Kravic: united to deliver care to our children

    The association for child and adolescent psychiatry in Bosnia & Herzegovina became a member of ESCAP in May 2018. Here we interviewed professor Nermina Kravic, general secretary, who tells the community how their association is facing challenges of establishing child and adolescent psychiatry as a specialised discipline, their visions and goals for the future, their expertises, and expectations of being a member of ESCAP. Read the interview.


    Conduct Disorder and Aggressive Behaviour

    ECAP journal, June 2018 issue

    This focused issue has four guest editors revealing the progress of research and innovation projects in conduct disorders and aggressive behaviour in children and adolescents.  View all contents of the new ECAP September issue.

  • ESCAP 2019 Vienna now open for abstracts and registration

    ESCAP 2019 Congress
    The ESCAP 2019 Congress organizers have announced that the submission of abstracts, and the online registration of delegates is now open. The congress is going to be held under the responsibility of the Austrian ESCAP member, ÖGKJP. A seperate website has been rigged up for that purpose.

  • Next ESCAP congress reveals preliminary programme

    The first announcement for the ESCAP 2019 Vienna conference included the line-up of keynote lecturer: Dickon Bevington (UK), Anke Hinney (Germany), Otto Kernberg (USA), Michael Pluess (UK), Franz Resch (Germany), Hans Steiner (USA), and Lucia Valmaggia (UK). Read more about the congress programme.
    Professor Otto Kernberg (USA)


    Prof Kizilhan: the impact of extreme trauma and terror

    Prof KizilhanProfessor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan (University of Baden-Württemberg, Germany), psychologist and trauma expert, gave a keynote lecture on the damage of IS violence against Yazidi women and their community at the 2018 IFP World Congress of Psychotherapy in Amsterdam. He explained what happens when individual violence adds up with genocide and oppression over generations, and how he organized treatment for women and children, suffering from extreme trauma. Read more.


    ECAP impact factor has increased to 3.553 in 2017

    The Impact Factor of European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry (ECAP), the official ESCAP journal, has increased in 2017 to 3.553 (3.295 in 2016). In 2017, ECAP was cited 118 times more than in 2016. Additionally, the number of published articles increased from 237 source items that counted toward the impact factor 2016 to 253 source items for the impact factor 2017. Find out more on our ECAP page.
    ECAP journal, June 2018 issue



    Psychotherapy: compulsory for every psychiatrist

    Professor Franz Resch pleads for a key role for psychotherapeutic skills in the psychiatric practice. “Psychotherapy must be a standard part of the training of every psychiatrist”, he says.
    View all of his arguments, or read the Franz Resch interview on adolecents at high risk. Resch is a keynote speaker at the 2019 ESCAP Congress in Vienna.


    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.

  • April 2018 News

    IACAPAP reports

    From the IACAPAP April News: the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions reports: 

    • 'More than a textbook': update of IACAPAP's successful knowledge platform.
    • Programme news for the July 2018 IACAPAP conference in Prague.
    • The next IACAPAP online course (MOOC) will start from May 7th: save the date.
    • Collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).
    • IACAPAP on social media.

    Read the IACAPAP April News.


    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.

  • Summary of 2nd Croatian Congress, Zagreb

    The 2nd Croatian Congress entitled the ‘Mental Health of Children and Adolescents – Wealth of the Nation’ was held in Zagreb, May 18-19th 2018. Among the many attendees was ESCAP president elect Professor Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, who delivered a specialised lecture on the mental health needs of refugee children. This meeting gave the opportunity for about 180 participants from Croatia and the region to attend plenary lectures, symposia, round-table discussions, poster sessions and workshops. Read the report on the congress.


    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.


    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.

  • Trilingual interview

    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). 

  • 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.

  • 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.


    "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.


    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

  • Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Allied Professions - 1st regional meeting, Serbia

    Representatives from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia (FYROM), and Serbia met in October 2017 in Serbia for the first time to form the Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. This meeting provided a great discussion point for all the attendees to address and converse on the challenges the child and adolescent psychiatrists face in their countries. They will continue to form these meetings on a yearly basis to exchange knowledge, experience and policy advice. The report provides a summary of the meeting.


    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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