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Child and adolescent forensic psychiatry and mental health

Edited by Cyril Boonmann and Klaus Schmeck

The European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and other involved Professions (EFCAP) collaborates with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health (CAPMH) to foster the publication of research focused on forensic psychiatric issues, such as etiology, phenomenology, course and treatment of impaired mental health and psychosocial functioning of juvenile offenders. As the situation of children and adolescents in contact with the justice system differs between countries in respect to for example criminal liability, placement or availability of prevention and intervention strategies, we should learn from different international perspectives. We invite forensic clinicians and researchers to share their knowledge about the origins of socially deviant behavior and the approaches regarding prevention and treatment. In addition, we would also like to include perspectives on early traumatic experiences due to victimization and maltreatment in both victims and perpetrators. Furthermore, research focusing on risk and protective factors is highly welcomed. Finally, we would like to stimulate publications with societal impact and influence on policy, an essential factor to improve forensic youth care.

Previous series: 201120162017 | 2018/19 


  1. Since the introduction of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-5, a limited prosocial emotion (LPE) specifier has been added to the conduct disorder (CD) diagnosis in addition to the...

    Authors: Cyril Boonmann, David B├╝rgin, Nils Jenkel, Klaus Schmeck and Marc Schmid
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:132
  2. Research among adolescents exploring the association between depressive symptoms and aggression has produced inconsistent findings. This study investigated the prevalence of clinically significant (current maj...

    Authors: Vladislav Ruchkin, Andrew Stickley, Roman Koposov, Denis G. Sukhodolsky and Johan Isaksson
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:130
  3. Lisdexamfetamine (LDX) and Methylphenidate (MPH) are stimulant agents that have been shown to provide significant benefits in the management of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in patients.

    Authors: Amirmohammad Tajik, Shekoufeh Nikfar, Sepideh Elyasi, Omid Rajabi and Mehdi Varmaghani
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:115
  4. Given the developmental vulnerability of justice-involved youth, providing a safe environment in secure facilities is a paramount, yet challenging task. Within this complexity, a sound security framework is ke...

    Authors: Fleur Souverein, Eva Mulder, Lieke van Domburgh and Arne Popma
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:99
  5. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the self-reported stability of psychopathic traits in adolescents in residential care (both child welfare and juvenile justice placed juveniles) and potential influenc...

    Authors: H. Hachtel, N. Jenkel, K. Schmeck, M. Graf, J. M. Fegert, M. Schmid and C. Boonmann
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:55