Journal article

Social Functioning Trajectories of Young First-Episode Psychosis Patients with and without Cannabis Misuse: A 30-Month Follow-Up Study

Cesar Gonzalez-Blanch, John F Gleeson, Peter Koval, Sue M Cotton, Patrick D McGorry, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez



The aim of the study was to investigate trajectories of social functioning in young people with first-episode psychosis (FEP) with and without cannabis misuse using a secondary analysis of data from the Episode-II trial. Forty-two young people with FEP and comorbid cannabis use disorder were compared with 39 young people with FEP but without a cannabis use disorder. Social functioning was assessed every 6 months during a 30-month follow-up. Multilevel linear growth curve modeling was used to compare the social functioning trajectories over time for those with and without cannabis misuse. Cannabis misuse was not associated with social functioning at baseline assessment. Over a 30-month follow..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by an unrestricted grant from Eli Lilly via the Lilly Melbourne Academic Psychiatry Consortium. In addition, the study was supported by the Colonial Foundation and a Program grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (350241). This study was further supported by a grant from the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation to Dr. Gonzalez-Blanch. Dr. Alvarez-Jimenez is supported by the CR Roper Fellowship, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Science, the University of Melbourne. A/Prof Sue Cotton is supported by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (APP1061998). No funding body had any involvement in any aspect of the study or