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08 September 2010

Weak social ties boosts psychosis

Weak social connections, or social fragmentation, may be one of the main reasons why people raised in cities are more likely to develop psychotic disorders, a study suggests.

Weak social connections, or social fragmentation, may be one of the main reasons why people raised in cities are more likely to develop schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders than those who live in rural areas, the results of a study suggest.

The researchers examined whether individual, school or area characteristics are associated with psychosis and found that "being raised in more urbanised areas was associated with an increased risk of developing any non-affective psychotic disorder."

 
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