Twenty-five-year Followup of the Israeli High-risk Study: Current and Lifetime Psychopathology

ArticleinSchizophrenia Bulletin 21(2):183-92 · February 1995with10 Reads
DOI: 10.1093/schbul/21.2.183 · Source: PubMed
Current and lifetime psychopathology was assessed in 50 Israeli children of parents with schizophrenia who were either of kibbutz families and raised collectively with the help of child care workers, or of urban families and raised by their parents. Index subjects were compared with 50 matched control children of healthy parents by means of the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia-Israel. Subjects were evaluated in adulthood at a mean age of 31 years; schizophrenia was found exclusively among children of ill parents, and no effect of town or kibbutz rearing on risk for schizophrenia was observed. Major affective illness was more common among kibbutz index subjects. Affective symptomatology observed in some index parents was evenly distributed among town and kibbutz parents and was not related to the diagnosis of affective disorders in at-risk children. Current adult functioning was similar between town- and kibbutz-raised subjects (and in general reflected good adjustment); an excess of personality disorders was found among index subjects. The present findings support the concept that both familial and environmental factors operate in the expression of psychopathology.
    • "The Edinburgh High Risk Study has a slightly different approach since it includes children with 2 or more 1 st og 2 nd degree relatives and has done quite long follow-ups. Also the Israeli High Risk Study (IHRS [20, 21] ) and the Jerusalem Infant Development Study (JIDS) [22] deserve mentioning for contributing to the current knowledge. All the studies are pointing in the same direction supporting the neurodevelopmental hypothesis, but no study has to our knowledge been made with all children having the same age, including genetic material in combination with a thorough estimate of environmental factors on a representative cohort. "
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    • "However, as opposed to other CPT paradigms, the CPT-IP does not only measure vigilance and sustained attention but also working memory (Nuechterlein, 1983; Nuechterlein and Dawson, 1984; Cornblatt and Erlenmeyer-Kimling, 1985; B.A. Cornblatt et al., 1989a, b), which, unlike sustained attention, has been found to be a critical component of the profile of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia (Cornblatt et al., 1989a; Cornblatt et al., 1997; Cornblatt and Malhotra, 2001). Significantly low CPT-IP performance in schizophrenia patients is not an epiphenomenon of chronicity, illness severity or hospitalization status (Nuechterlein, 1991; Cornblatt and Malhotra, 2001), does not normalize with medication (Cornblatt and Keilp, 1994; Bergman et al., 1995; Cornblatt et al., 1997; Liu et al., 2000), can be detected in at-risk samples before clinical symptoms emerge (Kimling and Cornblatt, 1987a, 1987b, 1992 Ingraham et al., 1995), remain stable throughout development (Cornblatt et al., 1989a; Cornblatt et al., 1999 ), are specific to those at-risk individuals who later develop psychotic spectrum disorders (Cornblatt and Malhotra, 2001 ), seem associated to genetic-risk factors (Chen and Faraone, 2000; Egan et al., 2000) and functional/structural brain abnormalities (Herrera et al., 1991; Cornblatt and Keilp, 1994; Keilp et al., 1997; Salgado-Pineda et al., 2003, 2004). Moreover, CPT-IP performance is poorer in schizophrenia patients compared to depression patients and adolescents at-risk for affective disorders (Cornblatt et al., 1989a; Van Den Bosch et al., 1996; Cornblatt et al., 1997 Cornblatt et al., , 1999). "
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    • "S.L. Hans et al. parents with nonschizophrenic disorders (Erlenmeyer- Kimling et al. 1995). In one sample, offspring of parents with schizophrenia appeared to be at increased risk for affective disorder at age 25 (Mirsky et al. 1985) but not by age 31 (Ingraham et al. 1995). Typically, these studies rely on diagnostic information from a single proband parent , even though nonproband parents mated with parents with schizophrenia may also be likely to have a mental disorder that could contribute to an offspring's disorder (Quinton et al. 1993). "
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