The interactionist approach to schizophrenia evaluation

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Strength: there is evidence to support the dual role of vulnerability and stress in the development of schizophrenia

  • Tienari et al (2004) investigated the combination of genetic vulnerability and parenting style (the trigger)
  • Children adopted from 19,000 Finnish mothers with schizophrenia were followed up and their adoptive parents assessed for child-rearing style
  • A child-rearing style characterised by high levels of criticism and conflict and low levels of empathy was implicated in the development of schizophrenia, but only for those with high genetic risk
  • This suggests that both genetic vulnerability and family-related stress are important in the development of schizophrenia

Strength: there is research support

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