Incidence of stressful life events and influence of sociodemographic and clinical variables on the onset of first-episode psychosis

Anna Butjosa*, Juana Gómez-Benito, Elena Huerta-Ramos, Núria Del cacho, Ana Barajas, Iris Baños, Judith Usall, Montserrat Dolz, Bernardo Sánchez, Janina Carlson, Josep Maria Haro, Susana Ochoa

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This study presents a quantitative analysis of the incidence of stressful life events (SLEs) and the variables gender, age at onset, family history and psychotic symptoms in patients with first-episode psychosis (FEP). A descriptive, cross-sectional methodology was used to interview 68 patients with FEP between 13 and 47 years of age. The Psychiatric Epidemiology Research Interview Life Events Scale collected one-year period prior to onset of FEP – used to analyse the subcategories academic, work, love and marriage, children, residence, legal affairs, finances and social activities-, Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale, and Clinical Global Impression-Schizophrenia scale were used to assess the relevance of certain SLEs during adolescence. Age at onset showed a significant negative correlation with the categories academic and social activities. By contrast, it showed a positive correlation with work and children. A significant relationship was found between paternal family history and social activities and between maternal family history and academic and love and marriage. Finally, an inverse relationship was observed between negative symptoms and the categories children and finance. Depressive symptoms were significantly correlated with the category academic. Our results show the importance of SLEs during adolescence and suggest that there is a clear need to develop preventive actions that promote effective strategies for dealing with the accumulation of psychosocial stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-115
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry Research
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2016


  • Age at onset
  • Family history
  • First-episode psychosis
  • Gender
  • Life events
  • Psychotic symptoms


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