In the first analysis of 30 years of studies, including 46 studies (selected from 27,000) involving 80,000 subjects, researchers in the U.K. and Australia demonstrate that children with any type of trauma before the age of 16 were three times more likely (in a dose-response relationship) to become psychotic in adulthood. “To have a sophisticated meta-analysis of all the relevant research find that childhood adversities definitely are causal factors for psychosis, which some psychiatrists still think is a biological illness, is very important,” said co-author (with Richard Bentall) John Read.
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