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The Epidemiology of Schizophrenia - Robin M. Murray

The Epidemiology of Schizophrenia

By: Robin M. Murray (Editor), Peter B. Jones (Editor), Ezra Susser (Editor), Jim van Os (Editor), Mary Cannon (Editor)

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An international team of leading researchers and clinicians here provide the first comprehensive, epidemiological overview of this multi-faceted and still perplexing disorder, and address some of the key questions it raises. How important in the genetic contribution to schizophrenia? Do pregnancy and birth complications increase the risk for schizophrenia? Is the incidence of schizophrenia changing? Why is the rate higher among immigrants and in those born in cities? Controversial issues such as the validity of discrete or dimensional classifications of schizophrenia and the continuum between psychosis and 'normality' are explored in depth, and separate chapters are devoted to topics of particular relevance to schizophrenia such as suicide, violence and substance abuse. Finally, new prospects for treatment and prevention are considered. Drawing together the findings from social, genetic, developmental and classical epidemiology of schizophrenia, this text will prove an invaluable resource for clinicians and researchers.

'This is a refreshing and helpful book that presents an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of schizophrenia. It is also a great book to learn about the application of epidemiology on mental health.' Doody's 'The Epidemiology of Schizophrenia is the most comprehensive assembly of existing knowledge to date ... This is a volume packed with information ...'. Psychology and Psychiatry 'The Edipemiology of Schizophrenia is a well-written, comprehensive book which provides an overview of the current state of epidemiological knowledge and research in schizophrenia today. ... this book could be recommended both for child/adolescent and adult psychiatrists, working with schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like disorders. Answers to many questions are given, but the book also presents new, interesting questions that need to be answered in the future. This book will fit in the library at the psychiatric clinic. It comprises five interesting parts to read and a lot of references for clinicians or researchers who want to deepen their knowledge further.' European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

List of contributorsp. viii
Prefacep. xiii
Forewordp. xv
The social epidemiology of schizophrenia
Introductionp. 3
Investigating socioenvironmental influences in schizophrenia: conceptual and design issuesp. 5
Geographical variation in incidence, course and outcome of schizophrenia: a comparison of developing and developed countriesp. 18
Temporal variation in the incidence, course and outcome of schizophreniap. 34
Urbanization, migration and risk of schizophreniap. 49
The developmental epidemiology of schizophrenia
Introductionp. 71
Prenatal and perinatal risk factors for schizophreniap. 74
Childhood development and later schizophrenia: evidence from genetic high-risk and birth cohort studiesp. 100
Prodrome, onset and early course of schizophreniap. 124
The value of first-episode studies in schizophreniap. 148
Schizophrenia at the extremes of lifep. 167
The genetic epidemiology of schizophrenia
Introductionp. 193
The 'classical' genetic epidemiology of schizophreniap. 194
Molecular genetics and epidemiology in schizophrenia: a necessary partnershipp. 220
Gene-environment correlation and interaction in schizophreniap. 235
Investigating gene-environment interaction in schizophrenia using neuroimagingp. 254
Special issues in the epidemiology of schizophrenia
Introductionp. 273
Mortality and physical illness in schizophreniap. 275
The clinical epidemiology of suicide in schizophreniap. 288
What is the relationship between substance abuse and schizophrenia?p. 317
Criminal and violent behaviour in schizophreniap. 343
Future directions and emerging issues
Introductionp. 363
Diagnosis and classification of schizophrenia: categories versus dimensions, distributions versus diseasep. 364
The implications of epidemiology for service planning in schizophreniap. 411
Prevention of schizophrenia - not an impossible dreamp. 427
Glossary of epidemiological termsp. 441
Indexp. 447
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ISBN: 9780521775403
ISBN-10: 052177540X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 13th January 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.95