Journal article

City Avoidance in the Early Phase of Psychosis: A Neglected Domain of Assessment and a Potential Target for Recovery Strategies

Philippe Conus, Lilith Abrahamyan Empson, Zoe Codeluppi, Philipp Sebastien Baumann, Ola Soderstrom, Dag Soderstrom, Philippe Golay

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background: A considerable amount of research has explored the link between living in an urban environment during childhood and the increased risk to develop psychosis. However, the urban milieu is more than a risk factor as it is also a place for socialization and enrichment. The aims of the current study were to explore, in a large sample of early psychosis (EP) patients, their pattern of use of the city, their perception when exposed to various critical stressors, and their sensitivity to diverse forms of stimuli. Methods: We sent a questionnaire (based on previous work conducted in a group of patients, including video-recorded walk-along in the city and a literature review) to 305 EP pat..

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