Journal article

Risk of psychotic disorders in migrants to Australia

Brian O'Donoghue, Linglee Downey, Scott Eaton, Nathan Mifsud, James B Kirkbride, Patrick McGorry

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Certain migrant groups are at an increased risk of psychotic disorders compared to the native-born population; however, research to date has mainly been conducted in Europe. Less is known about whether migrants to other countries, with different histories and patterns of migration, such as Australia, are at an increased risk for developing a psychotic disorder. We tested this for first-generation migrants in Melbourne, Victoria. METHODS: This study included all young people aged 15-24 years, residing in a geographically-defined catchment area of north western Melbourne who presented with a first episode of psychosis (FEP) to the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre ..

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