Research Highlights about Children and Adolescents
- Mapping ‘Imbalance’ in Brain Anatomy Across the Lifespan
Researchers in the NIMH Intramural Research Program have developed a new way to measure the degree to which the proportions of an individual person’s brain differ from the proportions typically seen in the broader population. This technique yields new insights into brain development and offers tools for further study.
- Investigating Unintentional Injury as a Risk Factor for Self-Harm
In a recent study, NIMH-supported researchers found that certain types of unintentional injury have stronger associations with self-harm than others in adolescents.
- NIMH Addresses Critical Need for Rapid-Acting Interventions for Severe Suicide Risk
NIMH is working to meet the urgent need for rapid-acting suicide prevention interventions by supporting research investigating the feasibility and safety of treatment protocols that have the potential to quickly reduce severe suicide risk in youth and adults.
- NIH Initiative Expands Access to Resources for Early Psychosis Treatment and Research
The Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET), an NIMH initiative aimed at determining how to best provide treatment for individuals experiencing symptoms of early psychosis, is increasing access to resources for researchers, providers, and families through a growing network of research hubs and a new website.
- Using Mobile Technology to Improve Care for Teens with Depression
In a project funded by the NIMH Small Business Technology Transfer program, researchers are investigating whether mobile technology can be used to create a passive monitoring system that can predict teens’ depressive symptoms and improve the quality of their care.
- Differences in Suicide Risk Among Subgroups of Sexual and Gender Minority College Students
In an NIMH-supported study, researchers found that college students identifying as a sexual or gender minority had higher rates of suicidal risk factors than cisgender and heterosexual peers, and that there were significant differences in risk among sexual minority subgroups.
- Large-Scale Genetics Study Sheds Light on Developmental Origins of Autism
Researchers were able to identify different types of rare genetic variations associated with autism spectrum disorder by analyzing data shared via the NIMH-funded Autism Sequencing Consortium.
- Developing Rapid, Accurate Assessment of Mental Disorders, Suicide Risk in Youth
For many adults who have a mental disorder, symptoms were present—but often not recognized or addressed—in childhood and adolescence. Early treatment can help prevent more severe, lasting impairment or disability as a child grows up.