Can psychosocial interventions help reduce parental substance use?

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In her debut blog, Lilli Waples summarises a recent Cochrane Review on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to reduce parental substance use.

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Isolation and loneliness in women living with perinatal depression: how can we heal our dislocated self and relationships?

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In her debut blog, Jacqueline Kent-Marvick reviews a qualitative study exploring the role of isolation and loneliness in the narratives of women diagnosed with perinatal depression.

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Parenting in the smartphone age: there may be technoference on the picture #CAMHScampfire

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Douglas Badenoch helps us prepare for another CAMHS Around the Campfire session by tuning into the real effect of smartphone use on parenting; a multiverse analysis carried out by Kathryn L. Modecki and colleagues from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.

Follow #CAMHScampfire on Twitter at 9.30am BST on Wednesday 23rd June for an online journal club discussing this paper. Or sign up now to join the free webinar hosted by ACAMH.

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Parents and carers of children with an intellectual disability: what do we know about their wellbeing?

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Charlie Lynch and Derek Tracy review a study on childhood intellectual disability and parents’ wellbeing, which integrates social, psychological and genetic influences.

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Playing on uneven playing fields: low income, parental stress and maternal depression

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Aggelos Stamos reviews a cross-sectional Canadian study that explores the links between low socioeconomic status, parental stress, maternal depression, and the mediating role of social capital in mothers.

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Parental involvement in CBT for anxiety disorders: a help or a hindrance?

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Lucy Purnell summarises a recent systematic review which finds little support for parental involvement in cognitive behavioural therapy for adolescent anxiety disorders.

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Mindfulness based childbirth and parenting: positive impact on stress and depression

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In her debut blog, Sophia Ahmed summarises an RCT which finds that Mindfulness based childbirth and parenting can help to reduce stress and depression in expectant mothers.

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Risk and protective factors for childhood suicide: thoughts, plans and behaviours

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In her debut blog, Ellen Townsend summarises a cohort study that explores the risk and protective factors for childhood suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

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Global pandemic: how do teenagers and families feel?

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Dafni Katsampa reflects on a new piece of qualitative research led by a 15 year old researcher, which focuses on teenagers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and presents a set of recommendations for parents and families that cover mental wellbeing, the importance of routine, exercise and screen time.

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A little praise goes a long way, but too much may be harmful

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Asha Patel and Sal McKeown summarise a Dutch observational study of parents’ praise and children’s self-esteem. The research finds that parents’ inflated praise predicted lower self-esteem in children, and also predicted higher narcissism, but only in children with high self-esteem.

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