Emerging psychopathology and prevention in adolescents: advances, limitations and perspectives

Schmidt, Stefanie (9 September 2019). Emerging psychopathology and prevention in adolescents: advances, limitations and perspectives (Unpublished). In: 16th SPS SGP SSP Conference. Bern, Switzerland. 09.09.-11.09.2019.

50% of all mental disorders develop by the age of 14 years, and 75% by the age of 24 years. Moreover, most mental disorders in adolescence have a high likelihood of persistence or recurrence and are associated with substantial psychosocial impairments in adulthood. Consequently, they produce high direct and indirect costs for the individuals as well as the society. Thus, mental health of adolescence is regarded as a global public health challenge. Therefore, it is critical to develop indicated prevention approaches that enable the prediction of mental disorders and target individuals already experiencing subclinical symptoms. Most indicated prevention approaches have been developed for risk-syndromes of specific mental disorders and individuals who are already seeking help. However, this contradicts the increasing recognition of emerging psychopathology as a complex system characterized by rapid shifts in subclinical symptoms that cut across diagnostic categories and the fact that adolescents generally only seek help when their mental health problems are severe and cause functional deficits. This keynote will therefore summarize the state of prevention research and practice in adolescence and will discuss ways to deal with current challenges including developmental peculiarities of risk-symptoms, dynamic transdiagnostic prevention approaches and new ways to increase help-seeking and deliver preventive interventions.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Schmidt, Stefanie Julia


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Melanie Best

Date Deposited:

07 Jul 2020 07:51

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2020 07:51



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