Langzeitverläufe psychischer Störungen des Kindes- und Jugendalters
The long-term course of mental disorders originating on childhood and adolescence vary both inter-individually and by type of disorder. This project is based on a twofold approach:
(1) A comprehensive literature review and detailed analysis of the published literature on the course and outcome of major clinical disorders with onset in childhood and adolescence, and
(2) An empirical analysis of the long-term course of these disorders based on large datasets taken from various Danish registries covering the entire population over extended time periods.
Various subprojects are focussing on the following disorders:
· affective disorders
· anxiety disorders
· attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
· conduct disorders
· obsessive-compulsive disorders.
The literature review is both descriptive and analytical. Findings are summarized in systematic tables, and predicting and moderating factors (e.g., age at onset, gender, demographic items, intervention features) are tested regarding their predictive impact on course and outcome.
The empirical part of each subproject is based on complete national registries covering all admissions to mental health facilities in Denmark. Furthermore, data from the prescription registry allow analyzing the effects of psychopharmacological intervention on long-term course and outcome in adulthood. Besides data on mental disorders, the outcome variables include information on various psychosocial functioning indicators including crime and delinquency.
The project is open for collaboration to both master and doctoral students.