Death Of Close Family Member During Childhood Associated With Higher Risk For Future Psychosis.

Medwire (1/22, McDermid) reports that research published in BMJ suggests that “the death of a close family member during childhood is associated with an increased risk for future psychosis.” The study, “based on data for 946,994 Swedish people,” indicated that “the effect was stronger the younger the child was at the time of the death.” Investigators found, “after accounting for confounders,” that “the risk for psychosis was increased by 84% for people who lost a nuclear family member between birth and the age of 2.9 years, and by 47% and 32% for those who experienced a death at the ages of 3.0 to 6.9 years and 7.0 to 12.9 years, respectively.”

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— “Childhood bereavement contributes to future psychosis risk, “Eleanor McDermid, Medwire, January 22, 2014.

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