Psychosocial Support

The best form of psychosocial support is a healthy family and supportive environment, preferably in the child's community of origin, or one that is culturally similar.  Psychosocial well-being is a product of multiple support, which is rooted in the ability to form healthy relationships and participate in community networks.  

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In this new series by UNICEF, Laura Mucha – author, poet and children’s advocate – interviews some of the world’s leading experts to find out why love is so important in childhood. 

Michael D. Cusimano, Stanley Zhang, Xin Y. Mei, Dana Kennedy, Ashirbani Saha, Melissa Carpino, and David Wolfe; on behalf of the Canadian Brain Injury and Violence Research Team - Neurotrauma Reports,

The purpose of the present study was to identify the prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI), adverse childhood experiences (ACE), and poor sustained attention and the associations of these events in youth and young adults who previously experienced foster care.

Sebastien Monette, Chantal Cyr, Miguel M. Terradas, Sophie Couture, Helen Minnis, Stine Lehmann - Assessment,

This study sought to validate the Early TRAuma-related Disorders Questionnaire (ETRADQ), a caregiver report which was developed to assess attachment disorders in school-age children based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders–Fifth edition criteria.

Brianne H. Kothari, Jennifer Blakeslee, Rebecca Miller - Children and Youth Services Review,

This scoping review was conducted to synthesize the state of the science on proximal, modifiable individual and interpersonal factors that are associated with psychosocial well-being among adolescent youth in foster care.

Victoria Lidchi & Andy Wiener - Child Abuse & Neglect,

This discussion article describes a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in the United Kingdom developed to meet the mental health needs of children and young people particularly those vulnerable children and young people at risk of actual or potential harm through child abuse and neglect, but may not be therapy ready.

Hayley Alderson, Eileen Kaner, Elaine McColl, Denise Howel, Tony Fouweather, Ruth McGovern, Alex Copello, Heather Brown, Paul McArdle, Deborah Smart, Rebecca Brown, Raghu Lingam - PLoS ONE,

The SOLID study aimed to investigate the feasibility of a definitive randomised controlled trial, comparing two behaviour change interventions to reduce risky substance use (illicit drugs and alcohol), and improve mental health, in young people in care.

A. Nathan Verbist, Andrew M. Winters, Crystal Collins-Camargo, Becky F. Antle - Children and Youth Services Review,

This study explored if domains of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessment were associated with a prescribed trauma-focused treatment.

Patricia M McNamara - Residential Treatment for Children & Youth ,

This preliminary scoping study aimed to explore approaches to family partnering within Australian therapeutic residential care (TRC), along with elements of best practice.

Marit Larsen, Valborg Baste, Ragnhild Bjørknes, Kyrre Breivik, Trine Myrvold, Stine Lehmann - Child & Family Social Work,

This study examined quality of care from the foster parent's perspective and associated characteristics.

Francesca Penner, Carla Sharp, Lochner Marais, Cilly Shohet, Deborah Givon, Michael Boivin - New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development,

The goal of this paper was to conduct a review of studies from 2008 to 2019 that evaluated community‐based caregiver or family interventions to support the mental health of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in sub‐Saharan Africa, across four domains: (a) study methodology, (b) cultural adaptation and community participation, (c) intervention strategies, and (d) effects on child mental health.