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Risk Factors and Early Intervention for Psychosis

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演者 Jordan DeVylder Ph.D.
Graduate school of Social Service Fordham University (Associate Professor)
会場 東京都医学総合研究所 2階講堂
日時 2019年7月17日(水) 16:00〜
世話人 西田 淳志 心の健康プロジェクトリーダー
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講演要旨

Psychotic disorders are among the most impactful and stigmatized health conditions in the world, and treatment options for chronic psychosis have seen limited improvement over the past several decades. However, outlook may be substantially improved if focus is shifted towards the early stages of psychosis, when intervention may have its greatest impact and prevention may be feasible. My research work has attempted to support early intervention and prevention efforts by (1) identifying modifiable social risk factors for psychosis and (2) applying that knowledge towards improving detection and intervention. This talk will provide an overview of several of my social epidemiological studies using the World Health Organization World Health Survey data set, which focus on the role of stress, violence exposure, and urban living in the etiology of psychosis. Second, I will discuss the clinical significance of sub-threshold psychotic experiences, focusing on their potential use as indicators of risk for suicide attempts. Finally, I will provide a brief overview of my current project training social workers to identify early signs of psychosis in community settings, based on the presence of epidemiological risk factors and emerging symptoms. Taken together, these projects illustrate the potential value of social epidemiology research in informing the development of interventions for early symptoms of psychosis.

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