Child Abuse/Psychosis Link Not Genetic

Although psychosis is more common in the parents of people with psychosis than those without, the difference cannot be attributed to genetics, research from the U.K. finds.  “These findings suggest that preventing or at least stopping continued exposure to physical abuse could prevent the onset or persistence of psychosis,” the study concludes.  Data are available in Schizophrenia Bulletin.

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Fisher, H., McGuffin, P., Boydell, J., Fearon, P., Interplay Between Childhood Physical Abuse and Familial Risk in the Onset of Psychotic Disorders. Schizophrenia Bulletin. Online January 7, 2014.