Resource Summary

This monthly research summary provides a selection of recently released papers, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses related to infant and child mental health.

Each summary includes an introductory overview of the content for that month, followed by a list of selected articles.  Each article is accompanied by a brief synopsis which presents the key messages and highlights.  Links to abstracts, full-text articles and related resources, where available, are provided.

What's new this month in child mental health research?

Sexual orientation

An Australian study by Perales and Campbell (2019) is the first to explore the association between sexual orientation and health/well-being in Australian adolescents.

Screen-time and physical activity

A study by researchers at Australian Catholic University investigated trajectories in children’s screen-time and physical activity during early childhood (del Pozo Cruz et al., 2019). The researchers also explored the consequences of particular trajectories for children’s socio-emotional outcomes and health-related quality of life.

Indigenous mental health

A new systematic review by Lopez-Carmen and colleagues analysed the research literature measuring or evaluating primary health care interventions that focused on improving the mental health of Indigenous children using intersectoral service integration strategies.

Social media and “sharenting”

Researchers from Belgium have published two research studies exploring the experiences, thoughts, and feelings of adolescents regarding their parents’ “sharenting” (i.e., sharing posts and photos about their children on social networking sites) behaviour (Verswijvel et al., 2019; Ouvrein & Verswijvel, 2019).

Children and adolescents who are refugees

A practitioner paper by Hodes and Vostanis (2019) offers a review of recent research regarding the mental health problems of refugee children/adolescents, including information related to risk and protective factors for mental health problems, service issues, and management/treatment issues.

You can also read about family factors found to predict the development of anxiety and internalising problems in temperamentally inhibited young children (Bayer et al., 2019).

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