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October 1977

Life Events and SchizophreniaI. Comparison of Schizophrenics With a Community Sample

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry (Dr Schwartz), College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, and the Department of Sociology (Dr Myers), Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1977;34(10):1238-1241. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1977.01770220120015

• In exploring the relationship of life events and psychiatric impairment in a group of 132 posthospitalized schizophrenics living in the community, schizophrenics are contrasted with 132 nonpatient community subjects matched on age, race, sex, and social class. Schizophrenics were significantly more psychiatrically impaired than their nonpatient counterparts and experienced significantly more life events. The overall correlation between life events and psychiatric impairment is weaker in the schizophrenic group than in the control group. However, our findings underscore the association between these variables found in previous studies. In terms of specificity, schizophrenics