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En litteraturstudie om schizofreni bland barn
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder that affects men and women around the world. Symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, withdrawal, behavioral disorders and impaired speech. Chizophrenia in children (Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia, COS) is rare. Schizophrenia in children is the same disease as in adults, but it occurs earlier in life and has a radical influence on the child’s behaviour and development. Schizophrenia in children presents particular challenges for diagnosis and treatment because of the profound effects on the emotional and social development. The aim of this thesis is to examine if the public information on diagnostic criteria and treatment of schizophrenia in children is consistent with the current state of knowledge. The research questions are: is the information on diagnostics and recommended treatments correct? Information on the Internet were searched and compared with articles where Bartlett’s (2014) overview served as the main scientific source. The results show that the information on the Internet is consistent with what research has concluded. Diagnosis of COS is problematic partly because the symptoms can be common to other diagnoses. Pharmacological treatment is common, but is complemented with psychological therapy to be effective. The risk of side effects affecting the child's development, combined with the uncertainty in diagnosis often makes doctors reluctant to make the diagnosis of COS.Keywords: Very early onset schizophrenia, Childhood-onset schizophrenia, child, schizophrenia and treatments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Very early onset schizophrenia, Childhood-onset schizophrenia (COS)
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Barn, schizofreni, barn, behandlingsmetoder
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-53984Local ID: af72b01b-8e30-44c6-979b-2c9bfbd86273OAI: diva2:1027363
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Psychology, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20160405 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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