Research involving 184 people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective diagnoses, and 447 people without diagnoses, finds strong positive correlations between childhood maltreatment and self-reported psychotic symptoms regardless of diagnostic status. “Although patients scored significantly higher than controls on both history of childhood maltreatment and self-reported symptoms, the strength of the relationship did not differ between groups. These data provide strong support for etiological continuity between subclinical psychotic symptoms and psychotic disorders,” the study, published yesterday by Schizophrenia Research, concludes.
DeRosse, P., Nitzburg, G., Kompancaril, B., Malhotra, A.; The relation between childhood maltreatment and psychosis in patients with schizophrenia and non-psychiatric controls. Schizophrenia Research. Online April 3, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2014.03.009