Special Issue "Mental Health and Well-Being in Children"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Global and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Cristina Nunes
Guest Editor
Psychology Research Centre (CIP-UAL) and University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
Interests: at-risk family context assessment; family preservation; positive parenting; evidence-based interventions; well-being in children and adolescence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mental disorders are the largest cause of the burden of disease in the world. Evidence is accumulating on the broad impact that the well-being experienced during childhood and adolescence has on physical and mental health across the course of a lifetime. In fact, most of the disease burden affecting adults has its onset during childhood and adolescence.

There has been a growing concern about the mental health and well-being of children, with increasing demand for counselling services and referrals to mental health services. It is well-established in the existing literature that children and young people who experience positive support from parents and teachers may develop psychological resilience. Children and adolescents with higher levels of psychological well-being have higher levels of academic achievement, with high engagement in school life, satisfaction in their later life, and they are more productive workers.

Family factors, including the quality of parental care, can make a huge difference to children’s early life pathways, for better or for worse. Understanding how best to intervene to support parents is a key challenge. Thus, there is a strong need to expand our knowledge on how to reduce risk factors and to promote protective environments.

This Special Issue addresses this topic by inviting scholars to their share findings, perspectives, and approaches, with the aim of promoting child mental health and well-being. Qualitative or quantitative contributions from basic or applied research that will extend the knowledge in this field are welcomed.

Dr. Cristina Nunes
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Children
  • Well-being
  • Mental health
  • Parenting
  • Family support
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Resilience
  • Risk factors
  • Protective factors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Contributor #1 

Name: Antónia Ros

Affiliation: Psychology Research Centre (CIP-UAL) and University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Tentative Topic/Title: COVID and Mental Health in Children

Contributor #2

Name: Ida Lemos

Affiliation: Psychology Research Centre (CIP-UAL) and University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Tentative Topic/Title: Resilience and Psychopathology in Institutionalized and Non-Institutionalized Children

Contributor #3

Name: Luís Sérgio Vieira

Affiliation: Psychology Research Centre (CIP-UAL) and University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Tentative Topic/Title: Quiet Time Program: Promoting Tolerance and Reducing Negative Behaviors in At-Risk Children

Contributor #4

Name: Lara Ayala-Nunes

Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Tentative Topic/Title: Well-Being in Child Welfare Referred Children

Contributor #5

Name: Cláudia Carmo

Affiliation: Psychology Research Centre (CIP-UAL) and University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Tentative Topic/Title: The Influence of Parental Perfectionism and Parental Styles on the Development of Perfectionism in Children

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