CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY: Edited by Richa BhatiaThe role of stigma in children and adolescents with mental health difficultiesTelesia, Laurencea,b; Kaushik, Anyaa; Kyriakopoulos, Marinosa,bAuthor Information aChild and Adolescent Mental Health Services, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust bDepartment of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK Correspondence to Marinos Kyriakopoulos, MD, PhD, FRCPsych, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, P066, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK. Tel: +44 203 228 4521; e-mail: email@example.com Current Opinion in Psychiatry: November 2020 - Volume 33 - Issue 6 - p 571-576 doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000644 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review Children and adolescents with mental health difficulties, and people associated with them, can experience stigma as a result of these difficulties. This article aims to provide an update on the literature pertaining to mental health-related stigma in children and adolescents. Recent findings Recent studies have investigated public stigma, self-stigma and affiliate stigma related to child and adolescent mental health difficulties. Research has typically employed a cross-sectional design. Significant variation was identified in both study methodology and study findings. Qualitative studies offer a unique perspective of stigma from the point of view of the stigmatized individual. Significantly, quantitative analysis has found different variables to be associated with stigma in different geographical locations, even when similar measures are used. Summary Stigma can have a significant detrimental impact on the quality of life for those affected. Careful attention should therefore be paid to stigma in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with mental health difficulties. Furthermore, its impact on their caregivers should not be overlooked. Further research is needed to understand the role of social and cultural factors in the development and impact of stigma, and may aid production of antistigma interventions. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.