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New study shows positive impacts of therapy with young children and parents

The Evidence Base for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Interventions with Children Under 5 Years of Age and Their Caregivers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

A new systematic study shows psychotherapy interventions can prevent and reduce mental health difficulties in parents and caregivers and their babies and young children.


A comprehensive scientific review of international research by the Anna Freud Centre shows the positive impacts of therapy interventions with children under 5 Years of age and their caregivers.


The detailed research, the first of its kind to focus specifically on psychodynamic and psychoanalytic interventions, was commissioned by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) and published on 6 October 2022.


The systematic review of 77 research studies, including 5,660 participants, shows that therapy in the very early months and years of life can help to prevent and reduce mental health difficulties both for parents and carers and their children by focusing on the crucial relationship between them.

See news release here

See link to full report on Anna Freud Centre website