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

15 - Society and psychosis: future directions and implications

from Part IV - Models and conclusions
    • 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, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health University of Toronto, 455 Spadina Av. Toronto, Canada, Paul Fearon, Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Department of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry, 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 238-251


This concluding chapter provides an overview and summary of the research presented in the book Society and Psychosis, to suggest directions and challenges for future research and to discuss the implications of this research. In attempting to understand the links between society and psychosis, there is a need to develop conceptual tools that allow the complexities of the social world to be studied. The framework for investigating the impact of society on psychosis provides a means of synthesising information and knowledge, and generating testable hypotheses for future research. The tentative models outlined in the book indicate genuinely integrated theories of psychosis aetiology, in which the epidemiological evidence that psychosis is associated with forms of social adversity is linked through known biological and psychological mechanisms to the development of symptoms. Irrespective of whether social factors are causally related to psychosis, many of those who present to services have significant social needs.
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