Journal article

A controlled family study of late-onset non-affective psychosis (late paraphrenia).

RJ Howard, C Graham, P Sham, J Dennehey, DJ Castle, R Levy, R Murray

Br J Psychiatry | Published : 1997


BACKGROUND: The relationship between those schizophrenia-like conditions that have their onset in late life and early-onset schizophrenia is unclear. Very few family history studies of patients with late-onset psychosis have been reported, and it is not known whether their relatives have an increased risk of psychosis. METHOD: Information was collected on the psychiatric morbidity of 269 first-degree relatives of patients with schizophrenia or delusional disorder with an onset after the age of 60 (late paraphrenia), and 272 first-degree relatives of healthy elderly control subjects, using a research diagnostic instrument. RESULTS: With a narrow age range (15-50 years) at risk, the estimated ..

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