The Work and Social Adjustment Scale – Youth and Parent version (WSAS-Y/P): Preprint out now!

The Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS) has for many years been a useful and widely appreciated tool to measure functional impairment in adults with various conditions. Now we present a youth and parent version of the WSAS, the WSAS-Y and WSAS-P. This is a project that Prof. David Mataix-Cols from KI and our Clinical …

Self-help for childhood mental health problems holds promise of easy-access, affordable psychological help

A recent review from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, UK shows that self-help methods can be a good alternative for children with different mental health problems. In the light of several reports that point to increasing numbers of children with mental health problems, it appears obvious that children should be …

Book release: “Innovations in CBT for Childhood Anxiety, OCD, and PTSD”

Cambridge University Press just released a comprehensive book on new interventions for anxiety, OCD and PTSD, Edited by Lara J. Farrell, Griffith University, Queensland , Thomas H. Ollendick, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , Peter Muris, Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands. Anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are amongst the most prevalent disorders in childhood and cause major suffering and …

The internet intervention Patient Adherence Scale (iiPAS) – Preprint available now!

Finally, I have submitted a manuscript that I have been working on for quite a while together with my dear colleagues at CAP Research Centre and the Karolinska. We have developed and evaluated a scale to measure patient adherence in internet-delivered behavioral interventions, meaning a way of measuring how well a patient engages with an …

From Fabbe’s R toolbox: How to make a publication-friendly correlation matrix with R

This tutorial will provide you with 4 straight forward steps on how to create a nice and neat publication-friendly correlation matrix with R Studio and Markdown. It has taken me a lot of time and googling around to figure out how to create the automated, well formatted tables that I wanted for my own manuscripts, …

New research: Large study does not find long-term effects of school-based prevention of anxiety and depression

In a large, 3 year long-term follow up study by Johan Åhlén, Ata Ghaderi and me, we did not find any long-term effects of a school-based intervention aimed to prevent anxiety and depression symptoms. The study included 695 children 8–11 years old from 17 schools in Sweden. The kids were either randomized to the prevention intervention or …

New research: Sudden gains in internet CBT for OCD

A new study from the Karolinska Institutet shows that patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder who show "sudden gains" during internet CBT treatment yield better treatment effects, comparted to those who did not have sudden gains, or where "gradual gainers". A sudden gain is a significant, large improvement of the patients' symptoms that happens during a short …