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Childhood trauma and psychosis
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Yael Dvir, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Brian Denietolis, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jean A. Frazier, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Department of Psychiatry
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Childhood trauma is a common occurrence and has been associated with psychosis and suggested as a risk factor leading to psychosis and schizophrenia in adulthood. This article introduces the scope of the problem and discusses the evidence for causal relationships between childhood adversities and increased risk for psychosis. The relationship between specific types of trauma and their association with specific psychotic symptoms is described, as well as the manifestations of co-occurring trauma effects and psychosis in adolescents. Clinical presentations and the use of diagnostic instruments, diagnostic comorbidities, and evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions to treat effects of trauma in youth with psychotic illnesses are discussed.

  • Childhood trauma,
  • Childhood maltreatment,
  • Childhood adversity,
  • Child abuse,
  • Psychosis
DOI of Published Version
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2013 Oct;22(4):629-41. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2013.04.006. Link to article on publisher's site
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Citation Information
Yael Dvir, Brian Denietolis and Jean A. Frazier. "Childhood trauma and psychosis" Vol. 22 Iss. 4 (2013) ISSN: 1056-4993 (Linking)
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