Limitations of Research on Psychosis in Childhood and Adolescence:Current Controversies and Future Directions
James B McCarthy* and Victoria G Libby
Department of Psychology, Pace University, New York University Child Study Center, New York, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- James B McCarthy
Department of Psychology, Pace University
New York University Child Study Center
New York, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 07, 2016; Accepted Date: February 17, 2016; Published Date: February 24, 2016
Citation: McCarthy JB, Libby VG (2016) Limitations of Research on Psychosis in Childhood and Adolescence: Current Controversies and Future Directions. J Ment Disord Treat 2:106. doi:10.4172/2471-271X.1000106
Copyright: © 2016 McCarthy JB, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
There is presently insufficient research for the implementation of evidenced based combined treatments of psychosis in children and adolescents. Even though knowledge about the neurobiological underpinnings of psychotic disorders has steadily accumulated, much is still unknown about the progression of psychosis in childhood and adolescence and its most effective treatment. Treatment models for childhood psychosis are largely derived from investigations of psychosis in adulthood. Research is needed that examines both psychotherapeutic and supportive psychosocial interventions as well as their combination with effective medications with minimal risks of negative side effects.Age-specific research and outcome studies are also necessary to illuminate appropriate treatment for psychotic disorders in children and adolescents.