Journal article

[Urban density and psychosis - does living in a city cause schizophrenia?].

D Söderström, S Jungo, S Pedrozo, O Söderström, P Conus

Revue Médicale Suisse | Published : 2013

Abstract

While it has often been stated that prevalence of schizophrenia is the same around the world, many publications have shown this illness is twice more frequent in urban areas. Although many hypotheses have been proposed, the mechanisms explaining this phenomenon are still unknown. Besides potential biological explanations, a certain number of hypotheses emerging from social sciences have recently enriched the debate. This article reviews the literature related to this issue and describes the development of a research projects conducted in collaboration between the Institut of Geography at the University of Neuchâtel, the Department of Psychiatry at the Lausanne University and the Swiss branch..

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