Moving Schools Linked to Psychosis in Early Adolescence


Furthering findings that social adversity and urbanicity increase the risk of psychosis, research in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry finds that moving schools, family adversity, and involvement with bullying are linked to a significantly greater risk of psychotic-like experiences in early adolescence.  The authors recommend awareness of school changes, helping mobile students establish themselves in new school environments in order to reduce peer difficulties, and routine enquiry regarding bullying experiences in order to reduce psychotic-like experiences in youth.

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Singh, S., Winsper, C., Wolke, D., Bryson, A.; School Mobility and Prospective Pathways to Psychotic-Like Symptoms in Early Adolescence: A Prospective Birth Cohort Study. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Online February 14, 2014

Of further interest:
Switching Schools Ups Kids’ Risk For Psychosis-Like Symptoms, Produces Feelings Of Loneliness (Medical Daily)

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].