KEEP THE BODY IN MIND. Towards integrating physical and mental health in child and adolescent psychiatry

Thursday 21 March 2024, 12:30 pm
PhD student
drs. J.B. Muskens
prof. dr. W.G. Staal
dr. M. van Dongen-Boomsma, dr. J.R. Zinkstok, dr. H. Klip

Child and adolescent psychiatry can be defined as a medical specialty focused on mental health with an integrated vision of biological, psychological and social factors influencing the mental well-being of children. This is represented in the basic principles of the Biopsychosocial model, introduced by G. Engel in 1977, towards understanding children’s health, illness, and well-being within their context. The main finding of this thesis is that children with psychiatric illness are at an increased risk for physical health problems, regardless of the direction of the association and age.  This thesis supports the need for an integrated healthcare vision for children with comorbid conditions through improved detection, prevention, education, and treatment. Understanding the interactions between physical, mental and social factors in health and illness will help to improve integrated and multidisciplinary care for children. The mind lives and develops in the body: Keep the Body in Mind

Jet Muskens (1981) obtained her medical degree from Radboud University in 2008. She specialized in psychiatry at Radboudumc with a focus on child and adolescent psychiatry at Karakter. Currently, she works as the medical manager of the Intensive Treatment Centre at Karakter. Through her research on somatic and psychiatric co-morbidity in children, she secured a ZonMW grant for a study on a multimodal lifestyle intervention for children with psychiatric disorders.