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