Journal article

Environmental factors and the age at onset in first episode psychosis

Brian O'Donoghue, John Lyne, Kevin Madigan, Abbie Lane, Niall Turner, Eadbhard O'Callaghan, Mary Clarke

SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Factors that influence the age at onset in psychotic disorders could provide valuable insights into precipitating or causative factors of the disorder. Despite being established risk factors, it is not yet known whether migration status, place of birth, social class at birth and season of birth influence the age at onset of psychotic disorders. This study aimed to determine whether these environmental factors, in addition to cannabis abuse and obstetric complications, influence the age at onset. Additionally, we investigated whether environmental factors could have a cumulative effect on the age at onset. METHOD: Data was obtained from two first episode of psychosis (FEP) cohort s..

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