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Psychotic-like experiences and poor mental health status among Japanese early teens

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Title: Psychotic-like experiences and poor mental health status among Japanese early teens
Authors: Nakazawa, Noriko / Imamura, Akira / Nishida, Atsushi / Iwanaga, Ryoichiro / Kinoshita, Hirohisa / Okazaki, Yuji / Ozawa, Hiroki
Issue Date: Aug-2011
Publisher: Nagasaki University School of Medicine / 長崎大学医学部
Citation: Acta Medica Nagasakiensia, 56(2), pp.35-41; 2011
Abstract: Epidemiological studies of psychotic-like experiences (PLEs) have reported that people who had PLEs during childhood or adolescence have higher incidences of schizophrenia spectrum disorders or other psychiatric disorders later in life than people who have not had PLEs. Previous work has shown that approximately 15% of children in the city of Tsu had PLEs. In this study, we sought to confirm the prevalence of PLEs in early teens living in Nagasaki and to elucidate the associations between PLEs and other psychopathological items. To this end, we used a self-report questionnaire to sample approximately 5,000 students (aged 12-15 years) in public junior high schools. Similar to the results of previous studies, the prevalence of PLEs was 16.4%. There was a significant association between PLEs and poor mental health status, which was estimated using a 12-item General Health Questionnaire. Moreover, after controlling for confounding factors, we found a significant association between PLEs and a lack of satisfaction with family relationships and several other psychosocial problems. These results suggest that a relatively large proportion of children with PLEs have behavioral, social, or familial problems, which may facilitate future schizophrenic symptoms.
Keywords: Psychotic-like experiences / Schizophrenia / Adolescence
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/25651
ISSN: 00016055
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:Volume 56, No. 2

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/25651

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