A large international study found that on average 31.4% of adolescents reported feeling unsafe at school in 13 European and Asian countries. The result revealed inequality in securing a safe educational environment for students across countries.
Keyword: Research Centre for Child Psychiatry
Mental Health Service Use for Children and Young People Were Reduced Over a Fourth in the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic
A recently published extensive systematic review showed a 28% reduction in mental health service use in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic among children and young people. Reductions were mainly recorded for ED visit due to mental health issues for which the services reduced on average by 40%.
Maternal vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy was associated with 44% increased risk of ASD in the offspring when compared to mothers who had sufficient levels of vitamin D during pregnancy. The study was conducted in collaboration with researchers from the University of Turku, Finland, and Columbia University, New York.
Adolescents who had received a mental health disorder diagnosis were often excluded from the labour market and education as young adults. This particularly applied to adolescents who had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or psychosis. The results were found out in a birth cohort study of people born in Finland in 1987. The study was published on 5 October in British Journal of Psychiatry.
Children born in December are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with a learning disorder as those born in January. ADHD was found not to affect the association between month of birth and the likelihood of a learning disability diagnosis.
Professor André Sourander was granted European Research Council funding for digitally assisted parent training intervention research
Professor André Sourander has received substantial research funding from the European Research Council (ERC). Sourander received ERC Advanced Grant funding for a project “DIGIPARENT - Implementation, personalization and genetics of digitally assisted parent training intervention to improve child mental health services.
Finnish parents felt that the Let’s Cope Together website, which is based on behavioural therapy methods, helped them and their child to manage worries related to the coronavirus during the first spring of the pandemic. The website, which has been created by the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry at the University of Turku, is opened today for anonymous use. As well as the English, Finnish and Swedish versions, the content will also soon be offered in Russian and Japanese.
The Department of Child Psychiatry has opened a website for parents whose children develop symptoms of anxiety or fear during the current corona epidemic. The website provides information on anxiety, advice on how to handle difficult feelings and simple exercises to ease the anxiety of a parent and their child. The site has been implemented by experienced digital care researchers.
Premature birth, low birth weight, and neonatal intensive care are associated with the risk of being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) showed a study by the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry of the University of Turku, Finland. Reactive attachment disorder causes problems in emotional bonding, social interaction, and expression of emotions, and it can lead to severe and expensive consequences later in life.
Professorship of Implementation Research Donated to University of Turku by Itla Children’s Foundation
The Itla Children’s Foundation donates two professorships, one to the University of Turku and the other to the University of Oulu. The research field of the donated professorships is intervention and implementation research. The professorships are unique in the research of children’s well-being in Finland and are also globally significant.