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Why Does Schizophrenia Develop at Late Adolescence?: A Cognitive-developmental Approach to Psychosis (Psychology) [Paperback]

Chris Harrop , Peter Trower
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15 Aug 2003 0470848782 978-0470848784 1
Governments around the world have given priority to "early intervention", i.e. the early diagnosis and treatment of young adults with psychotic symptoms. One of the main problems with this approach, is that only a small proportion of these young adults can be expected to go on to develop schizophrenia, yet all the treatment regimes are derived from work with adults who have had full psychotic episodes. Why Does Schizophrenia Develop at Late Adolescence? proposes a controversial new model of how schizophrenia develops in late adolescence and presents clinical material aimed at influencing the way psychosis is treated, building on a state–of–the–art reassessment of the field. A major reconceptualisation of how schizophrenia develops A controversial approach Early intervention programmes are now extremely widespread, so there is much interest in the area and how best to treat this serious psychotic disorder  

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (15 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470848782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470848784
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,320,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…a stimulating and worthwhile book…” (Mental Health Today, Jul/Aug 2004) “An excellent case for a rather novel and very humanistic formulation of ‘schizophrenia’ is made…I would recommend colleagues to buy this book.” (Psychological Medicine, Vol.35, 2005)

“…worth the price by reason of its concision and practical readability…rich, practical and hopeful book is obligatory reading…” (ISPS UK Newsletter, April 2004) “…a stimulating and worthwhile book…” (Mental Health Today, Jul/Aug 2004) “An excellent case for a rather novel and very humanistic formulation of ‘schizophrenia’ is made…I would recommend colleagues to buy this book.” (Psychological Medicine, Vol.35, 2005)  

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What is schizophrenia? Is it a nervous breakdown or a neurochemical malfunction? Why does it develop mostly in late adolescence? In this groundbreaking and innovative book, Chris Harrop and Peter Trower outline a whole new way of understanding schizophrenia. Controversially, they argue that symptoms seen as psychosis can be linked to the typical psychological development of adolescence and, in particular, to problems constructing an independent, adult self. This unique psychological account of schizophrenia, written in accessible language, offers insights and practical therapeutic techniques that will be of value to young people with this problem, their families and anyone working with adolescents. For therapists and all those working in mental health services, particularly those interested in early intervention, this book is essential reading. ‘… a valuable contribution to what remains one of the most problematical issues for health providers, receivers and researchers.’ Dr Paul Patterson ‘… what Peter and Chris have to say is controversial, but I suspect this work will be regarded in time to come as "trail–blaz ing".’ Professor Max Birchwood

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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book 9 Feb 2004
This is a surprisingly good book. There are lots of books recently published on psychosis, but this one has had the most profound effect on my practice as a Clinical Psychologist. I’ve found myself sitting opposite psychosis clients thinking to myself “you are such a typical adolescent” when previously I don’t think I understood much of the stuff they were coming out with and was mentally ticking medicalised checklist boxes. It merits a few reads, and there’s a lot of depth there – the interactive parts on “the self” I would have to recommend, and the chapter on “character-based therapy” needs a few reads, but is incredibly useful clinically. Probably the best chapter. Bizarre they make a big deal about the self-help aspects of the book and then leave the self-help chapters to the end. These should have been at the beginning, as it would be such a shame if they were never widely read.
I think it is interesting the Bentall’s massive book mentions H and T’s this work at the end of his key chapter on what madness actually is. Bentall concludes with this work, as being the way forward; it’d be a shame if Bentalls book obscures this one.
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This is one of the best books of the year on psychosis aimed at professionals.

It clearly outlines many of the ways in which experiences which might otherwise be labelled as psychosis can be viewed as quite normal adolescent experiences. In my work as a clinical psychologist I have found normalising and the related cognitive ideas in this book to be very helpful - including with people who may be much older, but in some ways have got stuck in adolescence development.

My one criticism of the book is that it could focus more on normal life experience as a benefit to recovery and on social incluion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Work 19 Aug 2005
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It is a book that helps us to think over schizophrenia. I am a counselor. I am working with several clients who are schizophrenic. It is a very useful book for psycho-education of their family. In addition, it helps the society to be more respect and patient to our client if we get rid of the medical model for schizophrenia.
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