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Professor Mathew Thomson

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Assessing the Value of History in Understanding the Recent Rise of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Problems in the UK


The UK currently faces what some describe as a crisis of child and adolescent mental health. The historical basis for such claims is surprisingly undeveloped. This PhD will: i) provide a history that situates the recent crisis in context; ii) examine the historical basis for claims of a rise in child and adolescent mental health problems, and in doing so locate, assimilate, and critically interrogate past research and evidence so as to fashion a body of information that can be useful to researchers in the field today; and iii) explore and assess the value of such data in understanding the nature and cause of changes to child and adolescent mental health.


Children, Young People and Perinatal Mental Health


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