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New grant will focus on the mental health of South African adolescents

10 May 2018

South African adolescents have one of the worst mental health profiles in Africa. New avenues of research suggest that executive functions (EFs), may offer potential as an explanatory variable, and as an innovative intervention target. EFs are linked to self-regulation and control and are needed to delay gratification, control impulses, and modulate emotional expression. Low EFs are linked to violence, injury, suicidality, bullying and substance-use disorders. This seed project awarded to Dr Rebecca Pearson and Dr Tamsen Rochat from South Africa and funded by the MRC Global Mental Health pump priming call aims to support sustainable capacity building amongst South African researchers to utilise existing data and design, measure and analyse mental health and EFs amongst South African adolescents.

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