Research Study: Schizophrenia

PSY326: Research Methods

June 18, 2012

Schizophrenia is the most common and complex mental disorder that has an impact on many people worldwide. Not only is the disorder complex but devastating. Schizophrenia starts in the early lives of an individual and can lead to lifelong disability (Moritz, 2010). In this paper schizophrenia will be introduced as well as why this topic and discipline were chosen. There will also be a research study that will not only be critiqued by the research that is given but also how the research was presented as well. While primarily focusing on the research study a literature review, the methods used, the results and a discussion will be presented.
About 1 percent of the world’s population is affected with this mental illness. Anyone can be prone to this disease and symptoms usually start between ages 16 and 30. After the age of 45, often time’s people do not get schizophrenia and although schizophrenia rarely occurs in children, awareness of childhood-onset schizophrenia is increasing (The National Institute of Mental Health, 2009). Men tend to experience symptoms and more severely than women and those who suffer with schizophrenia have a higher risk of suicide and of substance abuse. Approximately 10 percent of all people with schizophrenia commit suicide. Addiction to nicotine is the most common form of substance abuse in people with schizophrenia (The National Institute of Mental Health, 2009).
When comparing their nicotine addiction to the general population the percentage rates is 75 to 90 percent versus 25 to 30 percent, this means that those who suffer with Schizophrenia is three times the rate of the general population (The National Institute of Mental Health, 2009). Schizophrenia is an illness that is chronic that often interferes with a person’s work, family and school life (Credo Reference, 2012). This type...

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