Psychotic symptoms in non-clinical populations and the continuum of psychosis

Schizophr Res. 2002 Mar 1;54(1-2):59-65. doi: 10.1016/s0920-9964(01)00352-8.


A growing body of evidence suggests that delusional or hallucinatory experiences are much more frequent in subjects from the general population than the prevalence of cases of psychotic disorders, thereby suggesting the existence of a symptomatic continuum between subjects from the general population and clinical cases of psychosis. Exploring the risk factors modulating the expression of psychosis-like signs in non-clinical populations may better contribute to elucidate the etiology of psychosis than research restricted to subjects at the endpoint of the distribution of the psychotic dimension. The aim of this paper is to briefly review research investigating the distribution of psychotic symptoms in non-clinical populations, the developmental aspects of psychosis proneness, and the outcome characteristics of psychosis-prone subjects.

Publication types

  • Festschrift

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Psychotic Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Psychotic Disorders / etiology
  • Psychotic Disorders / psychology
  • Risk Factors