Journal article

Examining which factors influence age of onset in males and females with schizophrenia

Erica Neill, Eric J Tan, Wei Lin Toh, Ajit Selvendra, Vera A Morgan, Susan L Rossell, David J Castle

Schizophrenia Research | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Data from the 2010 Australian National Survey of High Impact Psychosis (SHIP) was used to examine (1) what variables influence age of onset (AOO) for males and females, and (2) whether influencing variables were different between the sexes. METHOD: Data from 622 schizophrenia patients in the SHIP sample was used. These included early life factors, encompassing family psychiatric history, childhood development, trauma and parental loss. Factors occurring within 12 months of diagnosis were also used, including drug/alcohol abuse and premorbid work and social adjustment. Based on the recognised differences in symptom profiles and AOO between the sexes, these factors were regressed se..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

SLR and EJT are in receipt of Senior Research (GNT1154651) and Early Career (GNT1142424) fellowships respectively from the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia.