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  • Print publication year: 2008
  • Online publication date: December 2009

1 - Introduction

    • By Craig Morgan, Section of Social and Cultural Psychiatry, Health Service and Population Research Department Box 33, Institute of Psychiatry De Crespigny Park, London, UK, Kwame McKenzie, Department of Mental Health Sciences, University College, London (Hampstead Campus), Rowland Hill Street, London, UK, Paul Fearon, Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine Box 63, Institute of Psychiatry De Crespigny Park, London, UK
  • Edited by Craig Morgan, Kwame McKenzie, University College London, Paul Fearon
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • pp 1-10


This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book, which reflects the current trends in the study of society and psychosis and contributes to developing an agenda for future research. Psychotic symptoms can occur in a range of disorders identified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and the International Classification of Diseases, including schizophrenia spectrum disorders, affective disorders, a range of brief psychotic disorders and grief reactions. One of the basic tenets of the epidemiology of schizophrenia has been that the incidence is more or less uniform around the world. The causes of schizophrenia and other psychoses have been the subject of intense research efforts and frequently acrimonious debates. In contrast to the controversy that surrounds the possible role of socioenvironmental factors in the aetiology of psychosis, it is accepted that the social environment can influence the course and outcome of psychosis.
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