Childhood Risk Factors for Adult Schizophrenia in a General Population Birth Cohort at Age 43 Years

  • Peter Jones
  • Robin Murray
  • Bryan Rodgers
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The search for risk factors for many chronic, physical illnesses of adult life has begun to concentrate on childhood, and sometimes even fetal life (Barker et al., 1989; Barker et al., 1990; Godfrey et al., 1993; Fine et al., 1985; Barker & Osmond, 1986; Colley et al., 1973; Martyn et al., 1988). Mechanisms which may explain these child-adult continuities include the programming thought to occur following impaired fetal nutrition and growth (Poskitt & Cole, 1977; Lucas, 1991), and infections, both in utero (Fine et al., 1985) and in childhood (Pullen & Hay, 1982). Continuities between early factors and adult psychological morbidity have been accepted for considerably longer, and exploration of possible mechanisms for the link has given rise to several explanatory models.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Jones
    • 1
  • Robin Murray
    • 1
  • Bryan Rodgers
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychological MedicineInstitute of PsychiatryLondonUK
  2. 2.NH & MRC Social Psychiatry Research UnitThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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