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Stress, Trauma and Resilience

Childhood stress and trauma remains a global problem. The last two years are a clear impetus to continue the study of how early stress and trauma impact development, and to explore innovative strategies for fostering resilience. This has always been true – yet, COVID has made it more apparent, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has only increased the urgency of work in this area. In this special issue in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, our goal is to further the science of stress, trauma and resilience from a global perspective, and we are especially interested in diversity of population and country of origin in both research focus and authorship. 


  1. Children in Afghanistan live in dangerous areas, and have been exposed to traumatic events and chaotic education. Progress has been made on access to education for girls who were the most affected by tradition...

    Authors: V. Kovess-Masfety, R. L. Frounfelker, K. Keyes, E. Karam, Ajmal Sabawoon, Bashir Ahmad Sarwari, M. Husky, N. Kaur and C. Rousseau
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:12
  2. The current definitions of resilience can be addressed as a process, an outcome, or a trait. Empirical studies should be carried out to determine the most appropriate definition for it. Therefore, the main aim...

    Authors: Agniete Kairyte, Inga Truskauskaite, Ieva Daniunaite, Odeta Gelezelyte and Paulina Zelviene
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:10
  3. Significant evidence does exist on the effectiveness of transdiagnostic interventions to improve emotional problems in clinical populations, and their application as universal and indicated prevention programs...

    Authors: Manuel Vivas-Fernandez, Luis-Joaquin Garcia-Lopez, Jose A. Piqueras, Jose-Antonio Muela-Martinez, Josefa Canals-Sans, Lourdes Espinosa-Fernandez, David Jimenez-Vazquez, Maria del Mar Diaz-Castela, Paula Morales-Hidalgo, Maria Rivera and Jill Ehrenreich-May
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:7
  4. The interparental conflict has been associated with an increased adolescents’ engagement in risk-taking behaviors. However, few studies have examined the potential mediation of deviant peer affiliation and the...

    Authors: Wan-Yu Ye, Kai Dou, Lin-Xin Wang, Xiao-Qi Lin and Ming-Chen Zhang
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2023 17:5
  5. Climate change has been shown to have long-term effects on mental health, yet, to date, there have been few studies on how children and adolescents experience and respond to ecological changes and how and why ...

    Authors: Isaiah Thomas, Andrés Martin, Antoine Wicker and Laelia Benoit
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:110
  6. We assessed the association between trajectories of stressful life events (SLEs) throughout adolescence and changes in mental health from childhood to young adulthood. Further, we assessed whether family funct...

    Authors: Lisette Wijbenga, Sijmen A. Reijneveld, Josue Almansa, Eliza L. Korevaar, Jacomijn Hofstra and Andrea F. de Winter
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:106
  7. Adolescent refugees are at high risk of developing mental disorders but are often not recognised early. This pilot study aimed to identify early putative risk factors associated with psychological symptoms in ...

    Authors: Debbie C. Hocking and Suresh Sundram
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:105
  8. Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a severe health problem closely related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). However, the underlying mechanisms by which ACEs may affect NSSI are largely unknown. Self-ef...

    Authors: Zixun Chen, JinWen Li, JinMeng Liu and Xia Liu
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:97
  9. While the psychopathological sequalae of childhood maltreatment are widely acknowledged, less is known about the underlying pathways by which childhood maltreatment might lead to an increased risk for mental h...

    Authors: Delfine d’Huart, Joost Hutsebaut, Süheyla Seker, Marc Schmid, Klaus Schmeck, David Bürgin and Cyril Boonmann
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:95
  10. The prevalence and consequences of child maltreatment are alarming, but evidence from studies with long follow-up intervals are limited. This study examined the long-term consequences of child maltreatment in ...

    Authors: Rosa S. Wong, Keith T. S. Tung, Ko Ling Chan, Wilfred H. S. Wong, Hing Wai Tsang, Clare H. Y. Chow, Gilbert T. Chua, Winnie W. Y. Tso, Jason C. Yam, Ian C. K. Wong and Patrick lp
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:88
  11. A valid, quick and widely applicable retrospective screening tool for child maltreatment is of great importance to better adapt interventions and treatments. The Childhood Trauma Screener (CTS), derived from the ...

    Authors: Andreas Witt, Yusuf Öz, Cedric Sachser, Elmar Brähler, Heide Glaesmer and Jörg M. Fegert
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:73
  12. Almost 80% of adolescents in the US have experienced a traumatic event, and approximately 7% have post-traumatic stress disorder. However, there is a lack of validated and feasible assessments for assessing tr...

    Authors: Lauren C. Ng, Rachel Oblath, Rebecca Brigham, Ming Him Tai and Mandy Coles
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:71
  13. The International Trauma Questionnaire—Child and Adolescent version (ITQ-CA) is a self-report measure that assesses posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD (CPTSD) based on the diagnostic formula...

    Authors: G. W. K. Ho, H. Liu, T. Karatzias, P. Hyland, M. Cloitre, B. Lueger-Schuster, C. R. Brewin, C. Guo, X. Wang and M. Shevlin
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:66
  14. Pediatric patients with neurological disorders often require lifelong management of symptoms and behaviours that can result in enduring emotional burden, stress and impacted health-related quality of life. Sin...

    Authors: Janice Mulligan, Heather Olivieri, Katarina Young, Jia Lin and Samantha J. Anthony
    Citation: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2022 16:59