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Lead author of a recent study, Amir Sariaslan, explains why his team's research suggests that the influence of environments in the social drift of schizophrenia patients may have been overemphasised.

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'It has been consistently demonstrated that individuals who suffer from schizophrenia and related disorders are more likely than the general population to reside in socioeconomically deprived neighbourhoods. The social drift hypothesis suggests that the clinical features of psychotic disorders contribute to a gradual downward socioeconomic trajectory. Our understanding of the underlying causes linking schizophrenia to later deprivation remains, however, limited.

Read more (Department of Psychiatry website) 

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