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Missing the Context: Social Inequalities and School-Based Mental Health Interventions

Missing the Context: Social Inequalities and School-Based Mental Health Interventions

In this Papers Podcast, Dr. Karen Mansfield discusses her JCPP Advances Editorial Perspective ‘Missing the context: The challenge of social inequalities to school‐based mental health interventions’ (https://doi.org/10.1002/jcv2.12165).

Karen’s work aims to apply solid research to understand, promote, and protect the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents, with a particular interest in the promotion of equity, inclusion, engagement, and agency.

Discussion points include:

  • The link between social economic adversity and children’s mental health.
  • Scepticism around the impact and effectiveness of school-based intervention programmes.
  • Potential issues of a ‘one size fits all’ approach and a ‘selective approach’.
  • What to consider when designing interventions that both improve wellbeing and reduce inequalities.
  • The challenges around measuring effectiveness.
  • Potential policy shifts to consider and practical ways to improve children’s wellbeing in schools.

In this series, we speak to authors of papers published in one of ACAMH’s three journals. These are The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP)The Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) journal; and JCPP Advances.

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Karen Mansfield
Karen Mansfield

Karen’s aim is to develop solid research to protect the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents, in collaboration with researchers from multiple disciplines, young people, policy makers, and all key stakeholders. Karen is particularly interested in the promotion of equity, inclusion, engagement and agency. Her research uses surveys, longitudinal data and co-production to investigate determinants of and factors associated with adolescent mental health, wellbeing, executive function, motivation and learning. Karen’s main affiliation is now at the Oxford Internet Institute, where she is working on a project with Andy Przybylski on Adolescent Well-being in the Digital Age.

From 2018-2022, Karen was a research scientist with the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, carrying out translational research. Working closely with Mina Fazel, she led on development of the protocol, analysis plans, and dissemination of findings to stakeholders for the OxWell Student Survey, in collaboration with local authority and NHS partners. For the EMOTIVE project, Karen led on development of the protocol and experimental task for the collection and analysis of high-dimensional digital data to measure mood and emotions in patients and healthy volunteers (digital phenotyping). From May 2022 Karen worked on analyses of cohort data from the MYRIAD project with Willem Kuyken, including using measures that were co-designed with young participants from the trial. (Bio from Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford)

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