Fachbereichskolloquium Psychologie

Prof. Dr. Anne Thorup, Research Unit at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: „Children born with familial risk for severe mental illness – what did we learn from The Danish High Risk and Resilience Study – VIA 7 and what can we do?”

Veranstaltungsdaten

22. Mai 2019 14:00 – 22. Mai 2019 16:00

R 00019 (Dekanatssaal), Fachbereichsgebäude, Gutenbergstr. 18, Erdgeschoss

Prof. Dr. Anne Thorup, Research Unit at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

„Children born with familial risk for severe mental illness – what did we learn from The Danish High Risk and Resilience Study – VIA 7 and what can we do?”

Introduction

Children born to parents with severe mental illness like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have been studied for decades and it is well-known that offspring have a higher risk for developing mental illness themselves. However, most studies have included children with wide age ranges and have recruited offspring from patients in current treatment. We aimed for investigating a representative cohort of 7-year-old children in terms of early signs of vulnerability and psychopathology, living conditions, cognition and motor development. The overall purpose is to be able to suggest targets for early interventions for a high-risk group.

Method

Through Danish registers we recruited 522 families with a 7-year-old child from all over Denmark. The majority of parents suffered from either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The children were assessed by blinded assessors in several domains including home environment, psychopathology, motor and language development and social and neurocognition. A multi informant approach ensured information from both parents and teachers.

Results

Children with a familial predisposition for schizophrenia and to a lesser extent also bipolar disorder showed several signs of early mental vulnerability and poorer mental health than controls, while also living in insufficient HOME environments.

Discussion

Based on the results from the first assessment of the cohort in The Danish High Risk and Resilience Study VIA 7 a new multidisciplinary intervention for families with parental mental illness is now being tested. Resilience factors and psychoeducation as well as parental training are included as possible preventive elements.

Referierende

Prof. Dr. Anne Thorup, Research Unit at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Veranstalter

Prof. Dr. Christopher Cohrs
FB 04 Psychologie

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