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Effortful Control Protects Against Familial Liability for ADHD: Longitudinal Results from the ABCD Study in the United States

Effortful control, the ability to regulate complex and goal-directed behavior, may protect individuals from developing mental health symptoms. This study tested the potential for child effortful control and executive functioning to buffer the …

Virginia Peisch, Vivian Li, Anne B. Arnett

Open Access 23-09-2023

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree? Paranoia and Safety Behaviours in Adolescent-Parent-Dyads

Paranoia is a common experience in adolescence that may entail the use of safety behaviours (e.g. avoidance), which are assumed to maintain paranoia in the long run. As the development of paranoia and related safety behaviours in youth may be …

Sven N. Schönig, Elizabeth Thompson, Jessica Kingston, Brandon A. Gaudiano, Lyn Ellett, Katarina Krkovic

20-09-2023 | Correction

Correction to: Challenges with Latent Variable Approaches to Operationalizing Dimensions of Childhood Adversity ? a Commentary on Sisitsky et al. (2023)

Katie A. McLaughlin, David G. Weissman, John Flournoy


Relationships Between Family Connectedness and Stress-Triggering Problems Among Adolescents: Potential Mediating Role of Coping Strategies

The aim of this study was to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the relationships between family connectedness, coping strategies, and stress-triggering problems in adolescents. To this end, it longitudinally examined the …

Christine Gervais, Paul E. Jose


Interpersonal Trauma Effects on Adolescent Depression: The Moderating Role of Neurophysiological Responses to Positive Interpersonal Images

Trauma exposure is associated with a heightened risk for depression and such risk is thought to vary based on the type of traumatic events (e.g., interpersonal, including abuse and domestic violence, or non-interpersonal, including accidents or …

Yinru Long, Lindsay Dickey, Samantha Pegg, Alexandra Argiros, Lisa Venanzi, Anh Dao, Autumn Kujawa


Quantifying the Representation of Black Adolescents in Suicide Intervention Research

This systematic review aimed to quantify the representation of Black youth in U.S. suicide intervention research. Specifically, we sought to evaluate Black youth representation in terms of (a) equity of inclusion (i.e., the inclusion of Black …

E. Sumlin, R. Hill, N. Asim, D. Busby, J.L. Brown, C. Sharp


Do Municipal Contexts Matter for Adolescent Mental Health? A Within-Municipality Analysis of Nationwide Norwegian Survey Data Across Six Years

Despite growing concerns about substantial socio-economic differences between districts in many developed nations, limited attention has been paid to how adolescent mental health may be shaped by district characteristics. A few studies have shown …

Baeksan Yu, Tilmann von Soest, Ragnhild Bang Nes


Diagnostic Utility of Parent Ratings on the Behavior Assessment System for Children-Third Edition in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Between 1 to 2 of every 1,000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and, of those, 30–50% have additional disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Most measures assessing ASD characteristics rely on some degree of …

Arielle Spellun, Megan Herlihy, Emily Taketa, Amber Graham, Matthew Fasano-McCarron, Samantha Hasenbalg, Terrell Clark, Kate Linnea, Peter Isquith, Rachel Landsman


The Premise, Promise, and Challenges of Intensive Assessment and Dynamic Quantitative Methods for Child and Adolescent Externalizing Problems

This commentary discusses how papers from the Special Issue fill important gaps in the measurement and quantification of dynamic processes of child behaviors and parent-child interactions linked to child externalizing symptoms. After highlighting …

Daniel S. Shaw


Adolescent Depression Symptom Trajectories Detected Via Universal Screening in Pediatric Primary Care

Unique trajectories of adolescent depression symptoms have been identified, yet less is known about whether such patterns translate to real-world clinical settings. Because annual adolescent depression screening is becoming more prevalent in …

Molly Davis, Jason D. Jones, Robert Gallop, Amy So, Gillian Dysart, Jami F. Young


Improving the Way that We Conceptualise Adverse Childhood Experiences – A Commentary on Sisitsky et al. (2023)

Research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has traditionally relied on cumulative ACE scores, which prevents understanding about the effects of distinct adversities and their mechanistic pathways. Dimensional and person-centred approaches …

Jessie R. Baldwin, Lucy Bowes, Athena R. W. Chow

Open Access 21-08-2023

Integrating Biobehavioral and Environmental Components of Developmental Psychopathology via Interpersonal Dynamics: An RDoC-Advancing Model

Although the Research Diagnostic Criteria (RDoC) framework proposes biological and environmental mechanisms intersect in the etiology of psychopathology, there is no guidance on how to define or measure experiences in the environment within the …

Jennifer A. Somers, Tiffany C. Ho, Danielle Roubinov, Steve S. Lee


Longitudinal Study of Early Adversity and Disturbing Dream Frequency: Moderating Role of Early Negative Emotionality

Although disturbing dreams are prevalent in youth and are associated with psychopathology, little is known about their developmental course and risk factors. We aimed to examine the association between early social environment and subsequent …

Mira El-Hourani, Antonio Zadra, Natalie Castellanos-Ryan, Charlie Rioux, Richard E. Tremblay, Sophie Parent, Jean R. Séguin


Challenges with Latent Variable Approaches to Operationalizing Dimensions of Childhood adversity – a Commentary on Sisitsky et al. (2023)

Childhood adversity is a common, powerful risk factor for future mental and physical health problems. Appropriately aggregating and categorizing discrete adverse experiences into cumulative indices remains an active area of research and debate in …

Katie A. McLaughlin, David G. Weissman, John Flournoy

Open Access 15-08-2023

Dimensions of Warm Parenting Attributions Differentiate Conduct Problem Subtypes in Young Children

Understanding the developmental psychopathology of child conduct problems (CP) has been advanced by differentiating subtypes based on levels of internalizing problems (INT) and/or callous-unemotional (CU) traits (i.e., low empathy/guilt, poor …

Silvana Kaouar, Georgette E. Fleming, Bryan Neo, David J. Hawes, Valsamma Eapen, Eva R. Kimonis

Open Access 08-08-2023

Treatment Outcomes of Children with Primary Versus Secondary Callous-Unemotional Traits

Objective: Recent efforts to improve outcomes for young children with conduct problems and callous-unemotional (CU) traits involve adapting treatments to meet the unique needs of this subgroup. However, these efforts have ignored accumulating …

Georgette E. Fleming, Bryan Neo, Silvana Kaouar, Eva R. Kimonis

Open Access 07-08-2023

Developmental Trajectories of Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Youth and Associated Gender Differences: A Directed Network Perspective

Psychopathology in youth is highly prevalent and associated with psychopathology in adulthood. However, the developmental trajectories of psychopathology symptoms, including potential gender differences, are markedly underspecified. The present …

Kevin Liu, Ryan C. Thompson, Jessica Watson, Alexandra L. Montena, Stacie L. Warren


An Individualized, Data-Driven Biological Approach to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Heterogeneity

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorder in childhood, however, there is well-established heterogeneity in both the presentation of ADHD symptoms and secondary characteristics across the …

Stephanie S. J. Morris, Adela Timmons, Erica D. Musser

Open Access 03-08-2023

On Navigating Analytical Choices in Research on Early Life Adversity: A Commentary on Sisitsky et al. (2023)

Early life adversities (ELA), including exposure to childhood maltreatment, deprivation or community violence, rarely occur in isolation. This co-occurrence poses several conceptual and methodological challenges for researchers, who must decide …

Charlotte A. M. Cecil, Isabel K. Schuurmans

Open Access 03-08-2023

Mental Health, Well-Being, and Adolescent Extremism: A Machine Learning Study on Risk and Protective Factors

We examined the relationship between adolescents’ extremist attitudes with a multitude of mental health, well-being, psycho-social, environmental, and lifestyle variables, using state-of-the-art machine learning procedure and nationally …

E. F. Haghish, Milan Obaidi, Thea Strømme, Tore Bjørgo, Cato Grønnerød