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Why are minorities at higher risk of developing psychotic disorders?

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In this talk, I will give a brief introduction to the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of psychotic disorders. I will give an overview of the incidence of the disorders, as well as discuss some of the main environmental risk factors.

One consistent epidemiological finding is that incidence of psychotic disorders is significantly higher in ethnic minority groups, although exactly which group is most affected appears to differ per host country. Various hypotheses have been suggested to explain this finding, and I will discuss some of these. I will elaborate on the idea of otherness, or difference from the majority population, as an explanatory paradigm and I will outline how I aim to test this within my PhD.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Science Seminars series.

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