Life events in schizoaffective disorder

A systematic review

Chrysoula Ch Vardaxi, X. Gonda, Konstantinos N. Fountoulakis

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Abstract

Background Life events play a central role in the development of psychiatric disorders and impact course and outcome. We present a systematic review of the literature on the relationship of life events with the onset and long-term course of schizoaffective disorder. Methods MEDLINE was searched with the combination of the key words: ‘life events’ plus 'schizoaffective’. The PRISMA method was followed in the review process. Results From the identified 66 papers only 12 were considered to be of relevance to the current study and 6 more papers were identified by inspecting the reference lists of the identified papers. Limitations There are very few studies focusing on the role of life events in schizoaffective disorder indicating insufficient data concerning the relationship of life events with onset and long-term course of schizoaffective disorder. Reported effects are not generic but concern specific events like the loss of mother, and females seem to be more vulnerable. Patients with schizoaffective disorder manifest high rates of PTSD. Conclusion The literature on life events with the development and course of schizoaffective disorder is limited and precludes solid conclusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-570
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Volume227
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Life events
  • Psychosis
  • Risk factors
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Life events in schizoaffective disorder : A systematic review. / Vardaxi, Chrysoula Ch; Gonda, X.; Fountoulakis, Konstantinos N.

In: Journal of Affective Disorders, Vol. 227, 01.02.2017, p. 563-570.

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Vardaxi, Chrysoula Ch ; Gonda, X. ; Fountoulakis, Konstantinos N. / Life events in schizoaffective disorder : A systematic review. In: Journal of Affective Disorders. 2017 ; Vol. 227. pp. 563-570.
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