Early bereavement and schizophrenia

Granville-Grossman, K. L.
October 1966
British Journal of Psychiatry;Oct66, Vol. 112 Issue 491, p1027
Academic Journal
journal article
The article presents a study on the relationship of early bereavement and schizophrenia. Studies indicate that more schizophrenics have experienced death of a parent in childhood than have control populations. The investigation has shown that there is no age during childhood at which loss of a parent is particularly associated with the subsequent development of schizophrenia. Schizophrenics have also been compared with their non-schizophrenic sibs as regard their ages at the death of their parents, using a standardization procedure designed to eliminate any effect of size of sibship. No difference was found between schizophrenics and non-schizophrenics suggesting that bereavement of a parent is not of importance in the aetiology of schizophrenia.


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