Marital status

How is marital status related to schizophrenia?

Being married can increase the extent and intensity of relationships, as well as increase feelings of reciprocity and sharing; all of which have been linked to a decreased risk of developing schizophrenia. Conversely, being married can increase stress, particularly if there are problems in the marriage, and stress has been linked to an increased risk of schizophrenia.

What is the evidence for marital status?

Moderate quality evidence suggests a small increased rate of subclinical psychotic symptoms in people who are not married compared to people who are married. There is also increased rates of single status in people with ultra high-risk mental states (attenuated, brief or limited intermittent psychotic symptoms).

March 2019

Last updated at: 5:03 am, 16th March 2019
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