Health Care Research


Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Health care research

Social collaboration of the youth welfare service, youth welfare office and the Department of child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Dresden (Versorgungsnetz Jugendhilfeträger, Jugendamt und Universitätsklinikum für Kinder und Jugendpsychiatrie und –psychotherapie Dresden (VJU Dresden))

In Germany, year by year the number of children and adolescents who need help from the youth welfare office increases. Additionally more and more children and adolescents show symptoms of psychiatric disorders – e. g. up to 60 % of children and adolescents in residential youth care suffer from psychiatric disorders (Engel et al., 2009 PMID: 20066855). Thus pedagogical as well as psychological requirements rise.

To fulfill those needs and to optimize the communication between child and adolescence psychiatry and the youth welfare office, a cooperation agreement was formed in Dresden. This instrument considers on the one hand case dependent and on the other hand case independent communication channels. In this 2-years project first we evaluate the implementation of the cooperation agreement in and between the health care systems (youth welfare office Dresden and child and adolescents psychiatry of the Technische Universität Dresden). Secondly we investigate the impact of succeeded communication on the psychosocial development of children and adolescents who need support from both health care systems.

As mentioned before especially children and adolescents in  residential youth care are affected by multifactorial psychosocial needs. In many cases misunderstandings in the communication between the health care systems and missing knowledge about handling those children and adolescents in difficult situations could lead to breakups in the youth care. To transfer knowledge about child and adolescents psychiatric disorders and pedagogic topics as well as to support the professional exchange between the health care systems a child and adolescent specific curriculum will be conducted and evaluated starting in spring 2015.

Our main parameters are interviews with the children and their parents, questionnaires filled out by children, by their parents and the responsible personnel of the health care systems as well as psychiatric file analyses.