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SchizophreniaEvolution and Synthesis$
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Steven M. Silverstein, Bita Moghaddam, and Til Wykes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019620

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019620.001.0001

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How Should Resilience Factors Be Incorporated in Treatment Development?

How Should Resilience Factors Be Incorporated in Treatment Development?

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(p.93) 6 How Should Resilience Factors Be Incorporated in Treatment Development?
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Schizophrenia
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Peter B. Jones

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019620.003.0006

This chapter reviews the definitions of resilience with respect to psychological disorder and to schizophrenia, in particular. Alternative meanings of resilience emphasize innate characteristics and the steeling effect of experiences; these are not mutually exclusive and both could be harnessed in terms of treatments for the disorder. The implications of resilience are already well known in the sphere of psychosocial interventions and recent developments in cognitive therapies. The notion of building structural or physical resilience of the brain to prevent the onset of schizophrenia is not new: Kraepelin discussed such an approach in the conclusion of his most definitive description of dementia praecox a century ago. To do this successfully, however, remains a challenge, but much could be done if studies on risk modifiers and causes were reformulated toward public health intervention. Finally, new domains for inquiry into developmental resilience are explored, with a focus on neural connectivity and healthy brain growth. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   Schizophrenia, Risk, Resilience, Development, Connectivity, Plasticity, Treatment, Prevention

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