09/10/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A new study suggests weak social connections may have an impact on the mental health of people raised in cities. As reported by HealthDay News, researchers found the factor may be an indicator for why those in rural areas are less likely to develop psychotic disorders than city raised individuals.
Stanley Zammit, of Cardiff University in Wales, and colleagues are quoted in the report as stating of their findings, “There is a substantial worldwide variation in incidence of schizophrenia. The clearest geographic pattern within this distribution of rates is that urban areas have a higher incidence of schizophrenia than rural areas.”
“Our findings highlight the concern that physical integration alone is not sufficient but that some of the positive characteristics traditionally conferred by segregation, such as a localized sense of safety, cohesion and community spirit, must also be maintained to enhance the mental health of individuals within the population.”
More information about the study may be available in the September publication of the Archives of General Psychiatry journal.
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