Schizophrenia and Youth

Etiology and Therapeutic Consequences

  • Christian Eggers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. C. Eggers
      Pages 1-2
  3. Aetiological Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Basic Concepts

    3. Risk Studies

      1. P. Tienari, M. Kaleva, I. Lahti, K. Läksy, J. Moring, M. Naarala et al.
        Pages 42-51
      2. C. E. Barr, S. A. Mednick, R. A. Machon, T. D. Cannon
        Pages 52-65
    4. Neurobiological Models

  4. Therapeutic Approaches

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-202

About these proceedings


Schizophrenia, described by Karl Jaspers "the enigma of humani­ ty itself;' has lost little of its enigmatic quality despite intensive research efforts alI over the world. Indeed, the results of in­ numerable neurobiological, psychological, and psychoanalytic studies have furthered confusion rather than an understanding of the issues. The split, rooted in the tradition of the last century, be­ tween those studying the "psyche" and those more interested in "organic" explanations continues to grow wider. National and in­ ternational classification schemes, ever being revised and ever in need of further revision, are but a last helpless attempt to stern the tide of confusion. In view of the many and complex factors involved in the etiology of schizophrenia, it is very tempting to seek relief in one-dimen­ sional explanatory models. But too often, having developed such a model, one becomes inclined to shut one eye or the other (or both?) and entrench oneself in what appears to be afirm, unshak­ able position. It therefore seemed time to step aside and take stock of the present focuses of research and scientific viewpoints, to try and see whether it might be possible to build bridges between the various lines of research into and theories about the etiology and treatment of schizophrenia.


Arzneitherapie Familientherapie Limbisches System Neuropsychologie Schizophrenie development etiology psychiatry

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Eggers
    • 1
  1. 1.Klinik für Kinder- und JugendpsychiatrieRheinische Landes- u. HochschulklinikEssenGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-52485-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-02684-7
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