Publication Summaries

Summaries of Published Research

Adolescent pain: Appraisal of the construct and trajectory prediction-by-symptom between age 12 and 17 years in a Canadian twin birth cohort.

Battaglia, M., Garon-Carrier, G., Rappaport, L., Brendgen, M., Dionne, G., Vitaro, F., Tremblay, R. E., & Biovin, M. (in press). Adolescent pain: Appraisal of the construct and trajectory prediction-by-symptom between age 12 and 17 years in a Canadian twin birth cohort. Pain.

This paper examined 6 particularly common pain symptoms reported by children and adolescents (headaches, back pain, abdominal pain, chest pain, stabbing throbbing pain, gastric pain/nausea). We first identified that all 6 symptoms indexed adolescents' general pain severity from ages 12 through 17. This suggests that clinicians may benefit from treating each pain symptom as an indicator of general pain rather than treating each symptom as necessarily a unique experience. We then identified that back pain particularly predicted which adolescents were at increased risk to experience frequent pain throughout adolescence. 

Children’s mental health in Southwestern Ontario during Summer 2020 of the COVID-19 pandemic

*Mactavish, A., *Mastronardi, C., Menna, R., Babb, K. A., Battaglia, M., Amstadter, A. B., & Rappaport, L. M. (2021). Children’s mental health in Southwestern Ontario during Summer 2020 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 30, 177-190.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a broad impact on the mental health of children in Southwestern Ontario. Children and parents report increased anxiety, depressive, and irritability symptoms, which indicate that the pandemic may act as a broad life stressor rather than, specifically, a traumatic event. Fortunately, social support from friends and family may protect and help children to manage psychological distress.