Journal article

Early onset of cannabis use and violent behavior in psychosis

Valerie Moulin, Luis Alameda, David Framorando, Philipp-S Baumann, Mehdi Gholam, Jacques Gasser, Kim-Q Do Cuenod, Philippe Conus

EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although evidence from psychosis patients demonstrates the adverse effects of cannabis use (CU) at a young age and that the rate of CU is high in subgroups of young violent patients with psychotic disorders, little is known about the possible effect of the age of onset of CU on later violent behaviors (VB). So, we aimed to explore the impact of age at onset of CU on the risk of displaying VB in a cohort of early psychosis patients. METHOD: Data were collected prospectively over a 36-month period in the context of an early psychosis cohort study. A total of 265 patients, aged 18-35 years, were included in the study. Logistic regression was performed to assess the link between age ..

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