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Social network confidants, duration of untreated psychosis and cannabis use in people with first episode psychosis: An exploratory study

Carrà, G; Battaglia, C; Hinton, M; Sheridan Rains, L; Crocamo, C; Johnson, S; (2017) Social network confidants, duration of untreated psychosis and cannabis use in people with first episode psychosis: An exploratory study. Early Intervention in Psychiatry 10.1111/eip.12476. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

AIM: Reduced social network (SN) might be associated with a longer duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) in people with first episode psychosis (FEP). We aimed at exploring the specific role of SN confidants on DUP, taking into account cannabis misuse, which is known to influence DUP and might be associated with social functioning. METHODS: People with FEP recently referred to an inner London Early Intervention Service were assessed with standardized instruments exploring SN characteristics, DUP and cannabis misuse. RESULTS: Taking into account cannabis misuse, we found an association between confidants and DUP (P = 0.020), with the higher the number of confidants, the shorter the DUP. CONCLUSIONS: Confidants may provide access to, and perceptions of, social support and this may increase early engagement for people with FEP, reducing DUP and possibly improving outcomes. Future research should identify correlates of small networks of confidants, which could inform early detection community initiatives.

Type: Article
Title: Social network confidants, duration of untreated psychosis and cannabis use in people with first episode psychosis: An exploratory study
Location: Australia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/eip.12476
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/eip.12476
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: DUP, cannabis, first episode psychosis, social network, social support
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10049804
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