Heads up policy briefings
Targeted interventions in HeadStart: how do HeadStart partnerships support the mental health of young people, and do they reach those in need?
6th June 2022
Gender differences, improving support, and talking about mental health: learning from the 2020 HeadStart conference
10th July 2020
Supporting young people at home: what helps young people with their mental health and wellbeing?
4th June 2020
How are systems change and sustainability being approached in HeadStart?
15th October 2019
What are HeadStart partnerships doing to support the mental health of children and young people aged 10 to 16?
17th June 2019
What are HeadStart interventions focusing on to improve mental health in 10 to 16-year-olds?
1st April 2019
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HeadStart Evidence Briefings
Learning from HeadStart: changes in perceived social support during early adolescence
19th October 2021
Learning from HeadStart: does a brief, school-based intervention aimed at building resilience help children with emerging mental health difficulties?
7th July 2021
Delivery of the HeadStart programme during the coronavirus pandemic: HeadStart staff perspectives
1st February 2021
HeadStart in schools: What do school staff members think?
15th December 2020
Learning from HeadStart: Does cross-age peer mentoring help young people with emerging mental health difficulties?
28th October 2020
Learning from HeadStart: the mental health and wellbeing of adolescent boys and girls
5th February 2020
Shining a light on risk and protective factors: young people’s experiences
24th January 2020
Whole school approaches to promoting mental health: what does the evidence say?
24th October 2019
Learning from HeadStart: does social action help young people with emerging mental health issues?
8th April 2019
Learning from HeadStart: the relationship between mental health and school attainment, attendance and exclusions in young people aged 11 to 14
5th February 2019
HeadStart Year 1: National Qualitative Evaluation Findings - Young People's Perspectives
14th May 2018
Mental health problems in young people, aged 11 to 14: results from the first HeadStart annual survey of 30,000 children
11th January 2018
Conducting economic evaluations of mental health and wellbeing early intervention and prevention programmes: learning and insights from a real-world implementation context
This study was funded through the Children and Families Policy Research Unit by the National Institute for Health Research Policy Research Programme.
What young people in HeadStart told us about: having difficulties and getting support (based on evidence briefing 6)
What young people told us about: handling problems and difficult situations (based on evidence briefing 2)
Lereya, S. T., Patalay, P., & Deighton, J. (2022). Predictors of mental health difficulties and subjective wellbeing in adolescents: A longitudinal study. JCPP Advances, e12074. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcv2.12074
Yoon, Y., Eisenstadt, M., Lereya, S.T., Deighton, J. (2022). Gender difference in the change of adolescents’ mental health and subjective wellbeing trajectories. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-022-01961-4
Stapley, E., Stock, S., Deighton, J. & Demkowicz, O. (2022). A qualitative study of how adolescents’ use of coping strategies and support varies in line with their experiences of adversity. Child Youth Care Forum. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-022-09682-0
Black, L., Panayiotou, M. & Humphrey, N. (2021). Internalizing symptoms, well-being, and correlates in adolescence: A multiverse exploration via cross-lagged panel network models. Development and Psychopathology, 1-15. doi:10.1017/S0954579421000225
Demkowicz, O., Panayiotou, M., & Humphrey, N. (2021) Cumulative risk exposure and emotional symptoms among early adolescent girls. BMC Women's Health 21, 388. doi: 10.1186/s12905-021-01527-7
O’Neill, A., Stapley, E., Stock, S., Merrick, H. & Humphrey, N. (2021). Adolescents' Understanding of What Causes Emotional Distress: A Qualitative Exploration in a Non-clinical Sample Using Ideal-Type Analysis. Front. Public Health, 24 May 2021.
Demkowicz, O., Ashworth, E., Mansfield, R., Stapley, E., Miles, H., Hayes, D., Burrell, K., Moore, A., & Deighton, J. Children and young people’s experiences of completing mental health and wellbeing measures for research: learning from two school-based pilot projects. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health 14, 35 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13034-020-00341-7
Humphrey, N. & Panayiotou, M. Bounce Back: randomised trial of a brief, school-based group intervention for children with emergent mental health difficulties. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2020). doi: 10.1007/s00787-020-01612-6
Black, L., Mansfield, R., & Panayiotou, M. (2020). Age Appropriateness of the Self-Report Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Assessment. doi: 10.1177/1073191120903382
Stapley, E., Demkowicz, O., Eisenstadt, M., Wolpert, M. & Deighton, J. (2019). Coping with the stresses of daily life in England: A qualitative study of self-care strategies and social and professional support in early adolescence. Journal of Adolescence doi: 10.1177/0272431619858420
Lereya, S. T., Patel, M., dos Santos, J.P.G.A., & Deighton, J. (2019). Mental health difficulties, attainment and attendance: a cross-sectional study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, doi: 10.1007/s00787-018-01273-6.
Deighton, J., Lereya, T. L., Casey, P., Patalay, P., Humphrey, N., & Wolpert, M. (2019). Prevalence of mental health problems in schools: poverty and other risk factors amongst 28,000 adolescents in England. British Journal of Psychiatry, doi: 10.1192/bjp.2019.19.
Black, L., Panayiotou, M., & Humphrey, N. (2019). The dimensionality and latent structure of mental health difficulties and wellbeing in early adolescence. PLOS One, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213018.
Lereya, S. T., Humphrey, N., Patalay, P., Wolpert, M., Böhnke, J. R., Macdougall A., & Deighton, J. (2016). The student resilience survey: psychometric validation and associations with mental health. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, doi: 10.1186/s13034-016-0132-5.
Stapley, E. (2019). Analysing young people’s experiences of coping with problems, difficult situations and feelings: An evolving approach to analysing qualitative longitudinal evaluation data. (Big Qual Analysis Resource Hub).