Childhood Onset Schizophrenia

  • Stefan C. Dombrowski
  • Karen L. Gischlar
  • Martin Mrazik


Although it is a relatively rare disorder, childhood onset schizophrenia (COS) can have devastating effects for the affected individual. The disorder permeates every aspect of a child’s life and poor prognosis is associated with diagnoses made before the age of 10 years. Although the exact cause of the disorder is unknown, there are studies to suggest that prenatal insult combined with later environmental factors contribute to the development of schizophrenia. This chapter reviews the etiological hypotheses, diagnostic criteria, and treatment options for children diagnosed with COS.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan C. Dombrowski
    • 1
  • Karen L. Gischlar
    • 2
  • Martin Mrazik
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate Program in School PsychologyRider UniversityLawrencevilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Graduate Education, Leadership and CounselingRider UniversityLawrencevilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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