Psychotic symptoms, functioning and coping in adolescents with mental illness.

Psychotic symptoms in the context of psychiatric disorders are associated with poor functional outcomes. Environmental stressors are important in the development of psychosis; however, distress may only be pathogenic when it exceeds an individual’s ability to cope with it. Therefore, one interesting factor regarding poor functional outcomes in patients with psychotic symptoms may be poor coping. This paper aimed to address the question whether 1)psychotic symptoms are associated with poorer functioning and 2) whether poor coping moderated the association.

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