May 10, 2005

Family dysfunction influences psychosis

Family dysfunction influences Psychosis & Schizophrenia risk

A recent report on the Psychiatry Matters web site suggests that "Family dysfunction may increase the risk of psychotic symptoms in people with a history of migration, study results published in the British Journal of Psychiatry show."

In the study, Family dysfunction was recorded for the children if they reported at least three of seven problems: poor relationship between adults in the household; lack of warmth between parents and child; overt disturbance of the mother-child, father-child, or sibling-child relationship; parental overprotection; and child abuse.

Patino and team found that a history of migration doubled the likelihood of psychosis developing. Moreover, when both migration and family dysfunction were considered, there was a four-fold increase in the risk of psychosis.

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More information: Stress, Family Disfunction and Schizophrenia


Dear Doctor: I am student of Cilnical psychology, doing research on family functioning of adults as indicator of vulnerability to psychopathology. I found you web related to my topic, please send me the related topic literature and references.

Posted by: haroon at March 5, 2006 12:42 AM

Dear Docs. I have been reading your research and found the most compelling evidence to pertain to the lead study. But I dont think it is in the lead, I think it is in the toluene. I was exposed to it without proper ventilation and went nuts shortly thereafter. My brother has huffed gas since he was little and has heard voices most of his life. Toluene. I have known other people who expose themselves to chemicals that have also had schizo problems. Is there any research on that?

Posted by: Crystal R. at January 29, 2007 03:41 PM

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