Is child abuse a cause of schizophrenia?
This house believes child abuse is a cause of schizophrenia.
The 30th Maudsley Debates is on the topic of child abuse and schizophrenia, a controversial topic that has been given a lot of recent attention as a result of a review published recently by Dr. John Read and colleagues in the journal, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica*.
* Read, J., van Os, J., Morrison, A.P., & Ross , C.A. (2005) Childhood trauma, psychosis and schizophrenia: a literature review with theoretical and clinical implications. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 112, 330-350
Speaking for the motion: Dr. John Read (University of Auckland), Mr. Paul Hammersley (University of Manchester)
Speaking against the motion: Professor Peter McGuffin (Institute of Psychiatry), Terry Hammond (RETHINK)
CHAIR: Professor Til Wykes (Institute of Psychiatry)