The Interpersonal Relations Characterizing the Family of Orientation and the Etiology of Schizophrenia: A Review of the Literature

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psychology, schizophrenia, family, relationships, behavior, diagnosis and therapy


Family, Life Course, and Society | Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


"We are all peaceful. I like peace even if I have to kill someone to get it. ...A more normal, happy, kid would be hard to find. I was please with my child! I was pleased with my husband! I was please with my life. I have always been pleased! We have had 25 years of the happiest married life and of being a father and mother."

This statement was made by the mother of a schizophrenic. Within the past ten years, research on the possible influence of the interpersonal relations of the family upon the origin of schizophrenia has multiplied, and statements such as this are found repeatedly in the literature. How are these statements interpreted in terms of schizophrenia's etiology? Do such statements indicate anything about the relationships in the family which might have meaning or significance for the study of schizophrenia?

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Sociology and Anthropology

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