“Patient” or Not: Correlation of Childhood Maltreatment and Psychotic Experiences is the Same

Kermit Cole
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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

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Kermit Cole
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]