Examining the psychological adjustment of children and adolescents living with long-term health conditions.

Summary: This project uses data from a large, representative British study to examine the co-occurrence of mental illness in children living with long-term conditions across the early to mid-adolescent period (i.e. “conditions that cannot at present be cured, but can be controlled by medication and/or other therapies”; e.g. Asthma, Diabetes Mellitus). The project also strives to identify factors which underlie why these children may be at a greater risk of experiencing poor mental health relative to their healthy peers.

Start Data and Duration: September 2014 (3 Years)

Partners and Collaborators:  This project is co-supervised by Professor Stephen Stansfeld (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr. Jessica Deighton (The Anna Freud Centre of Children and Families, UCL).  The project stands as one element of a larger research investigation, which will examine the efficacy of an evidence-based, online portal as an early intervention tool for children with conduct and emotional problems (the ‘IncludeME!’ project).

Other People Involved:  This project would not have been possible without the permission of the team of the ‘Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children’ (ALSPAC) to utilise data from their comprehensive study of a birth cohort from Avon county.