Last updated on 31st May 2009
Here are half a dozen papers on helping kids and adolescents. The Fuligni et al paper found that adolescents experiencing frequent interpersonal stresses tended to have increased levels of C-reactive protein, " ... an inflammatory marker that is a key indicator of cardiovascular risk ... ". Jackson et al showed that in preschool kids each extra hour of regular TV viewing is associated with an extra 1 kg of body fat. This appeared to be due to increases in calorie intake rather than reduction in physical activity. Decreased family accommodation is associated with improved outcome in paediatric OCD, Merlo et al found. Naylor et al found that a six lesson teaching block on mental health benefitted young teenagers. Proctor et al provide a free full text overview of teenage life satisfaction assessment measures, while Wilkinson and colleagues report on 28 week follow-up in a treatment trial for depressed adolescents. The authors found "Depression at 28 weeks was predicted by the additive effects of severity, obsessive-compulsive disorder and suicidal ideation at entry together with presence of at least one disappointing life event over the follow-up period.