Fält, E. et al. PLOS One. Published online: January 11 2017
Evidence-based methods to identify behavioural problems among children are not regularly used within the Swedish Child healthcare. A new procedure was therefore introduced to assess children through parent- and preschool teacher reports using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). This study aims to explore nurses’, preschool teachers’ and parents’ perspectives of this new information sharing model.
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Bakke, D & Rickard, N. The Conversation. Published online: November 6 2016
Mental health apps don’t promise to be a replacement for professional help, but can be useful tools in the treatment of subclinical problems (such as everyday anxious feelings and low moods) and the prevention of clinical problems (such as depression and anxiety disorders). Some psychologists or mental health clinicians use apps in addition to the work they do with clients and patients.
So before you set out to navigate the quagmire of available mental health apps, what should you keep in mind?
- Does it use evidence-based techniques?
- Does it address more than one symptom or issue?
- Do you tell the app how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, or what you’re doing?
- Does the app recommend activities that are non-technology-based and linked to the problems you’ve reported?
- Can you use the app in real time, as you’re experiencing distress?
- Is there good experimental evidence to show the app’s effectiveness?
- Do you like it?
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ScienceDaily | Published online: 3 November 2016
Autism Spectrum Disorder is usually diagnosed in early childhood, but genetic detection of this brain disorder could mean more timely interventions that improve life for the patient and their carers. Research suggests that machine learning might be used to analyze genetic data that points to an ASD diagnosis before symptoms become obvious.
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