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(p. 157) Prevention of Schizophrenia 

(p. 157) Prevention of Schizophrenia
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(p. 157) Prevention of Schizophrenia
Author(s):

Raquel E. Gur

, Ruben C. Gur

, Matcheri S. Keshavan

, Christian Kohler

, and Elaine Walker

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780199928163.003.0007
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date: 20 July 2018

This chapter introduces the topic with an overview of the current thinking on preventative measures for schizophrenia. It states that there are currently recognized precursors of schizophrenia that are apparent during adolescence. A wide variety of early intervention techniques have been developed, which draw on the knowledge of these precursors to identify individuals at risk for the illness and to prevent the predisposition toward schizophrenia from developing into the full disorder. However, prevention efforts have necessarily lagged behind studies of the risk factors, detection, and early intervention of the disease. The chapter ends by asking the question: do early intervention and prevention efforts work?

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