MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling
College of Science & Mathematics
Dinzeo, Thomas J.
Committee Member 1
Tappe, Karyn A.
At risk for schizophrenia, Health behaviors, Nutrition, Physical activity, Schizophrenia, schizotypy
Schizophrenics--Health and hygiene
Psychiatric and Mental Health
Significant health concerns are common among those with schizophrenia- spectrum disorders and are associated with an average lifespan reduction of 15-20 years compared to the general public (Saha, Chant, & McGrath, 2007). Although symptoms of the disorder can disrupt self-care and health behaviors, evidence also suggests that problematic health behaviors are present before the onset of the manifest disorder. One example includes nicotine use which is elevated in those with a family history of schizophrenia (Ferchiou et al., 2012) and in those who show subclinical signs of risk for schizophrenia (Esterberg, Jones, Compton, & Walker, 2007). Despite these findings, there is little research available about other problematic lifestyle behaviors (i.e. physical activity, nutrition) that may also be present prior to the emergence of the full clinical syndrome. Research examining the lifestyle patterns of 'high risk' (subclinical) individuals may increase our understanding of what problematic health behaviors exist in those with risk for schizophrenia prior to the confounding effects of antipsychotic medication use and the disruptions that occur with more severe symptomatology.
Pennacchi, Adriana C., "Factors influencing health behaviors in those at risk for developing schizophrenia" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 2452.