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Is Schizophrenia inherited?

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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University Degree Clinical Psychology

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Portfolio Presentation Student No : 01156365 Unit: PSYC3028

Psychological Disorders

Is Schizophrenia inherited?

For this portfolio presentation I have chosen to look at the mental illness 'Schizophrenia'. My presentation in particular will concentrate on the nature/nurture debate. Whether Schizophrenia is caused by hereditary causes, or by environmental causes. Schizophrenia still remains a partically comprehended illness, with no one single cause (Website 1). I have read a great deal of literature from academics which will be discussed later, but I wanted to do my own field research, and discover first hand what the public thought of schizophrenia, whether they thought it was hereditary or environmentally caused. So I completed a questionnaire, I was able to gain 38 respondents to the questionnaire, of the public's awareness and thoughts of Schizophrenia. I felt this would help me to actually see what the public thoughts and ideas were, other than the academics ideas. I actually got a sense of what people that live day to day life have experienced when it comes to Schizophrenia, and actually how much they know about the illness. Details obtained from this questionnaire will be discussed later on.

Schizophrenia is a common psychotic

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