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A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders$
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Karestan C. Koenen, Sasha Rudenstine, Ezra Susser, and Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657018.001.0001

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Schizophrenia and related psychosis

Schizophrenia and related psychosis

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(p.61) Chapter 6 Schizophrenia and related psychosis
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A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders
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Golam M. Khandaker

Mary Clarke

Mary Cannon

Peter B. Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657018.003.0006

A range of evidence from population-based studies provides a robust framework on which to build a life course model of schizophrenia and related psychoses. Understanding the biology of the close association between psychotic illness and development undoubtedly holds keys to the epigenetic puzzle that is schizophrenia. Adopting a life course approach to schizophrenia, the literature is reviewed regarding putative mechanisms and early life risk factors as manifest from conception to onset of illness. Environmental, developmental, and cognitive domains are included, and evidence is highlighted from population-based studies over the past quarter century.

Keywords:   schizophrenia, psychosis, life course, early risk factors, genetics, environment

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