About this Research Topic
There is a need for coordinated and multidisciplinary efforts to improve knowledge of individualized psychological treatment for young people. While different psychotherapy modalities are effective for the most frequently occurring mental disorders in young people (e.g., anxiety and depression), little is known about how and for whom the different treatment modalities work. This requires studying both the mechanisms of change (mediators) and the specific patient, therapist, and intervention variables (moderators).
The Research Topic is therefore aimed at reviewing and identifying the state of the art in individualized psychotherapy treatment for young people with mental disorders. Further, we aim to identify putative markers and mechanisms of change in different psychotherapy modalities, as well as suitable psychotherapy processes, treatment measures, and study designs. Overall, we invite researchers to offer a basis for personalized psychotherapy that provides holding, reflecting, and containment of painful affects over the long term. Further, it is our hope that this basis would enhance unconscious learning and lead to enduring change. Conceptual analyses, Systematic Reviews, Case Reports and cohort studies are welcome. Additional themes of interest include (but are not limited to):
• Building up the essential parameters or technical devices that should be considered before starting a process of care;
• Projects with patient/public involvement (PPI);
• Projects utilizing deep learning approaches;
• The effects and applications of strategies and approaches with a fusion of psychotherapeutic and neuroscientific concepts;
• Technology to improve adherence to transformation processes;
• Suitable psychotherapy process and treatment measures;
• Study designs as a tool for better individualization.
Keywords: Psychotherapy, Youth, Adolecents, Children, Mental health, Psychopathology
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