Relationship of marital status to incidence and prognosis of schizophrenia

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Schizophrenic patients were traced for 5.5 yr. following initial admission and were classified as Recovered (60 males, 52 females) if hospitalized for no longer than 6 mo. or Nonrecovered (23 males, 33 females) if hospitalized for at least 5 yr. In comparison with the Recovered group, patients in the Nonrecovered group were less likely to be married and showed inferior social and sexual adjustment prior to the illness. Combining the Recovered and Nonrecovered groups, the patients were less likely to be married than people of the same sex and age in the US population. Some variables (marriage, education, and work history) showed a differential relationship with incidence or prognosis of schizophrenia for the male and female patients. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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