Matheson, S. L, Kariuki, M., Green, M., Dean, K., Harris, F., Tzoumakis, S., Tarren-Sweeney, M., Brinkman, S., Chilvers, M., Sprague, T., Carr, V. J & Laurens, K. (2016). Effects of maltreatment and parental schizophrenia spectrum disorders on early childhood social-emotional functioning: a population record linkage study. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 1-12. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1017/S204579601600055X
Childhood maltreatment and a family history of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder (SSD) are each associated with social-emotional dysfunction in childhood. Both are also strong risk factors for adult SSDs, and social-emotional dysfunction in childhood may be an antecedent of these disorders. We used data from a large Australian population cohort to determine the independent and moderating effects of maltreatment and parental SSDs on early childhood social-emotional functioning.