Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 263–266 | Cite as

Can environmental factors explain the epidemiology of schizophrenia in immigrant groups?

  • S. Gupta


Recent evidence suggests that high rates of schizophrenia in first- and second-generation immigrants could be due to exposure to environmental factors such as viral infections in the host country. These findings are discussed alongside parallel data relating to other diseases such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes mellitus. It is argued that in each case the interaction between the environmental agent and constitutional factors related to the immune system need to be considered.


Public Health Diabetes Mellitus Multiple Sclerosis Immune System Environmental Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Gupta
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Epidemiology and Public HealthInstitute of Psychiatry, University College and Middlesex School of MedicineLondonUK

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