Official journal of ESCAP

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Pieter J. Hoekstra

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.

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Official ESCAP Journal

European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry Journal

ECAP ('European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry') is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to child and adolescent psychiatry. In August 2011 ECAP has been designated as the official ESCAP Journal and issues regularly close off with two pages of ESCAP communication.

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The ECAP Journal aims to further a broad understanding of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Empirical research is its foundation, and clinical relevance is its hallmark. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry welcomes in particular papers covering neuropsychiatry, cognitive neuroscience, genetics, neuroimaging, pharmacology, and related fields of interest. Contributions are encouraged from all around the world.

Editor-in-chief and chairman of the editorial board is Professor Pieter J. Hoekstra (The Netherlands).

Impact Factor 2022: 6.4, Journal Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters. Frequency: twelve issues per year, including special issues to hot topics. The journal publishes the following article types: 

  • Original Articles
  • Reviews
  • Brief reports
  • Letters to the Editor
  • ESCAP Communications

To learn more about the ECAP Journal, visit the journal's homepage or access the tables of content and abstracts of the current and past issues. Further questions with regards to the journal European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will be answered by Patricia Wiley (Publishing Editor, ). 

Read about the origins of this journal (February 2017 editorial by Helmut Remschmidt and Philip Graham on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of ECAP).

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