Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health

ISSN: 1728-0583 (Print)
            1728-0591 (Online)
Publication frequency: 3 issues per year

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)


Official publication of the South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied ProfessionsCo-published with RoutledgeClick here for Open Access options on this journal

Aims & Scope

The Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health aims to contribute towards the development of a robust and inclusive knowledge base for child and adolescent mental health across diverse contexts. To this end the Journal seeks to promote coverage, representation and dissemination of high quality work from around the world that traverses high-, middle- and low- income contexts.

Papers from all disciplines addressing child and adolescent mental health are welcome, including specific focus areas such as psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, phenomenology, epidemiology, mental health prevention and promotion, community-based interventions, dissemination research and policy.

The Journal publishes original research (including brief reports and case series, but not single case reports), review articles, clinical reports within an evidence-based framework  in a ‘Clinical Perspectives’ section, book reviews, and letters to the editor.



Professor Soraya Seedat
Department of Psychiatry
Stellenbosch University (Tygerberg Campus)
Tygerberg 7505
South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)21 938 9161

Editorial Manager

Dr Georgina Spies
Department of Psychiatry
Stellenbosch University (Tygerberg Campus)
Tygerberg 7505
South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)21 938 9776

Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts presented in accordance with instructions to authors (printed in the back of each issue) should be submitted online at the Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health ScholarOne Manuscripts site (

Associate Editors

Prof Andrew Dawes — Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, and Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, UK
Prof Petrus de Vries — Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Prof Erhabor S Idemudia — Department of Psychology, North-West University (Mafikeng Campus), Mabatho, South Africa
Prof Martin Kidd — Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Prof Debra Kaminer — Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Ms Anne Kramers-Olen — Department of Behavioural Medicine, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Prof Anthony Pillay — University of KwaZulu-Natal Medical School and Midlands Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Advisory Board

Leif Edvard Aarø — Research Centre for Health Promotion, University of Bergen, Norway
Myron Lowell Belfer — Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Luis D Herrera — Department of Psychiatry, Hospital San Jose, Costa Rica
Knut-Inge Klepp — Institute for Nutrition Research, University of Oslo, Norway
Krista Kutash — Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health, Department of Child and Family Studies, Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
Elias Mpofu — Discipline of Rehabilitation Counselling, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, Australia
Vikram Patel — Departments of Infectious and Tropical Diseases and Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and Sangath Centre, Alto Porvorim, Goa, India
Helmut E Remschmidt — Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany
Linda M Richter — Child, Youth and Family Development, Human Sciences Research Council, Durban, South Africa
Sir Michael J Rutter — Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, University of London, UK
David Shaffer — Division of Child Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

Publishing Manager

Contact regarding all aspects relating to the production of the journal, including scheduling and copyright issues:

Mike Schramm
NISC (Pty) Ltd
4 Speke Street
PO Box 377
Grahamstown 6140
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)46 622 9698
Fax: +27 (0)46 622 9550

Published in association with the South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SAACAPAP):

The SAACAPAP is the professional body for child and adolescent mental health practitioners in South Africa. It was initiated in 1978, and since then has been an active member of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP).

Further information about the society can be found at

Latest Issue

Volume 30, Issue 1, 2018


Perceptions of rural school mental health services: a focus group study
Author(s): Amy D HabegerDivision of Behavioral Health, USA, Kimberly S van VulpenDepartment of Social Work, USA, Teresa F SimmonsDepartment of Social Work, USA
Pages: 1–10
Effects of psycho-education plus basic cognitive behavioural therapy strategies on medication-treated adolescents with depressive disorder in Nigeria
Author(s): Ehimwenma W IsaChild and Adolescent Unit, Nigeria, Cornelius AniCentre for Mental Health, UK, Tolulope Bella-AwusahCentre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Nigeria, Olayinka OmigbodunCentre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Nigeria
Pages: 11–18
Cannabis use and knowledge among medical students at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Author(s): Roshini JainSchool of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, South Africa, Ch Chiech ChangSchool of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, South Africa, Mpho A KotoSchool of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, South Africa, Alden N GeldenhuysSchool of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, South Africa, Richard J NicholDepartment of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, South Africa, Gina JoubertDepartment of Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, South Africa
Pages: 19–26
Can a brief biologically-based psychoeducational intervention reduce stigma and increase help-seeking intentions for depression in young people? A randomised controlled trial
Author(s): Kerry A HowardMindfully Well, Australia, Kathleen M GriffithsResearch School of Psychology, Australia, Rebecca McKetinCentre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Research School of Population Health, Australia, Jennifer MaCentre for Mental Health Research, Research School of Population Health, Australia
Pages: 27–39
Social support, violence exposure and mental health among young South African adolescents
Author(s): Annette HummDepartment of Psychology, South Africa, Debra KaminerDepartment of Psychology, South Africa, Anneli HardyDepartment of Psychology, South Africa
Pages: 41–50
Trajectories of depression in adolescents and young adults in Vietnam during rapid urbanisation: evidence from a longitudinal study
Author(s): Quyen TT BuiDepartment of Biostatistics, Vietnam, Lan TH VuDepartment of Epidemiology, Vietnam, Dien M TranVietnam National Children’s Hospital, Vietnam
Pages: 51–59

Book Review

Age of Opportunity: lessons from the new science of adolescence
Author(s): Sue HawkridgeDepartment of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, South Africa
Pages: 61–66


Instructions for Authors

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Instructions for Authors

The Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health welcomes papers from all disciplines addressing child and adolescent mental health including specific focus areas such as epidemiology, mental health prevention and promotion, community-based interventions, psychotherapy, phamacotherapy, policy and risk behaviour. Sections of the journal include: Original research papers (<4 000 words); brief reports (<2 000 words); systematic reviews (<4 000 words unless by special arrangement); clinical perspectives; case series (<2 500 words); book reviews; editorials; and letters to the editor.

Editorial policy: Submission of a manuscript implies that the material has not previously been published, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. Submission of a manuscript will be taken to imply transfer of copyright of the material to the publishers, NISC (Pty) Ltd. Contributions are accepted on the understanding that the authors have the authority for publication. Material accepted for publication in this journal may not be reprinted or published in translation without the express permission of the publishers, NISC. The Journal has a policy of anonymous peer review. Authors’ names are withheld from referees, but it is their responsibility to ensure that any identifying material is removed from the manuscript. The Editor reserves the right to revise the final draft of the manuscript to conform to editorial requirements. Contributions must conform to the principles outlined in Ethical considerations in research publication available for download below. 

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at the Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, ScholarOne Manuscripts site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre.

Manuscript Presentation: Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or compatible format. Avoid creative formatting. Consult a recent copy of the journal for general layout and style. Manuscripts should be submitted in English with UK spelling. Consult the Oxford English Dictionary for language usage. Headings: Use sentence case for the title, and any headings. Format headings in the following styles: First Level bold; Second level bold italic; Third level italic. Headings should not be numbered.


Title: This should be brief, sufficiently informative for retrieval by automatic searching techniques and should contain important keywords (preferably <10 words). 

Author(s) and address(es) of author(s): The corresponding author must be indicated and an email address and telephone number provided. The authors’ respective addresses where the work was done must be indicated. 

Abstract: For data-based contributions, the abstract should be structured as follows: Objective — the primary purpose of the paper, Method — data source, subjects, design, measurements, data analysis, Results — key findings, and Conclusions —implications, future directions. For all other contributions (except editorials, letters and book reviews) the abstract must be a concise statement of the content of the paper not exceeding 200 words. It should summarise the information presented in the paper but should not include references.


The Journal uses the APA (6th ed.) author-date system. Every source cited in text must appear in the reference list, and each entry in the reference list must be cited in text. References should be cited as per these examples:

Winnicott, D. W. (1977). The Piggle: An account of the psychoanalytic treatment of a little girl. London: Hogarth Press. 

Chapter in edited book
Lee, A. C. (2009). Psychoanalytic play therapy. In K. J.O’Connor & L. D. Braverman (Eds.), Play therapy theory and practice: Comparing theories and techniques (2nd ed., pp. 1–58). London: Wiley.

Journal article
Newman, L., & Stevenson, S. (2005). Parenting and borderline personality disorder: Ghosts in the nursery. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 10(3), 385–394. doi: 10.1177/1359104505053756
Lein, E. S., Hawrylycz, M. J., Ao, N., Ayres, M., Bensinger, A., Bernard, A., … Jones, A. R. (2007). Genome-wide atlas of gene expression in the adult mouse brain. Nature, 445 (7124), 168-176. doi: 10.1038/nature05453

Technical and research reports
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General. (2010). How tobacco smoke causes disease: The biology and behavioral basis for smoking-attributable disease. Retrieved from

Tests and scales
Poznanski, E. O., & Mokros, H. B. (1996). Children’s Depression Rating Scale, revised (CDRS-R). Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services.

Conference presentation
Ammon, R. L., & Vallacher, R. R. (2006, May). Go ahead and lie to me: Self-coherence interactions with interpersonal preference. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association  for Psychological Science, New York.

Tables and figures: Each table and figure must be numbered with Arabic numerals and must be accompanied by an appropriate stand-alone caption. Figures must not repeat data presented in the text or tables. Authors must ensure that their figures conform to the style of the journal. Pay particular attention to line thickness, font and figure proportions, taking into account the Journal’s printed page size ( 140 mm wide x 256 mm high). Costs of redrawing figures may be charged. Please refer to Figure Guidelines for Authors: format, style and technical considerations available for download below. For digital photographs or scanned images the resolution should be at least 300 dpi for colour or greyscale artwork and a minimum of 600 dpi for black line drawings. These can be saved (in order of preference) in PSD, JPEG, PDF or EPS format. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also acceptable but DO NOT EMBED Excel graphs or Powerpoint slides in a MS Word document, rather send the original Excel or Powerpoint files. More detailed technical information is given in Figure Guidelines for Authors.

Electronic reprints: Authors will be notified by e-mail when their article is available for download from the journal website.

Page charges: The journal does not place restriction on manuscript length, but the following page charges are levied: South African and African contributors — ZAR225 per page (excl. VAT); International contributors — USD40 per page. Non-essential use of colour will be charged at ZAR900 (excl. VAT) per page for African contributors and US$150 per page for contributors from elsewhere. Authors who do not receive subsidies from their institutions may apply to the Editor to have their page charges waived.

Open access: Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health is a hybrid journal which allows authors the option of publishing their article Open Access for a set fee. Further details are given in NISCoa: Publishing an Open Access Article with NISC


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