Researchers in the U.K. (lead by Richard Bentall) found that specific childhood adversities were significantly associated with specific forms of psychosis in adulthood in a review of the 2007 adult psychiatric morbidity survey. Those exposed to childhood rape were 9 times more likely to experience hallucinations, 3 times more likely to receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and being brought up in institutional care was associated with an 11 times greater risk of paranoia. There was a dose-response relationship observed between the number of childhood traumas and the risk of the symptom. Results will appear in Schizophrenia Bulletin.
Severe abuse in childhood may treble risk of schizophrenia
Childhood trauma linked to schizophrenia: Study
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