Childhood Trauma Increases Risk for Psychosis. Research published in the journal Schizophrenia Research finds adversities experienced in childhood increases the risk for the development of psychosis later in life. The research looked at a variety of other published investigations (i.e., meta-analysis) that used various methodologies, including cross-sectional and retrospective studies, and found that experiencing adversity in childhood, regardless of type, increases the risk for developing psychosis. The authors suggest that if adversities could be removed from the population, the number of individuals experiencing psychosis might be reduced by as much as 33%. Understanding this link potentially could lead to interventions that may prevent the development of psychotic illnesses.

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