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Financial difficulties and psychosis risk in British undergraduate students: a longitudinal analysis

Financial difficulties and psychosis risk in British undergraduate students: a longitudinal analysis
Financial difficulties and psychosis risk in British undergraduate students: a longitudinal analysis

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine whether financial variables impact psychosis risk over time in students. Design/methodology/approach: In total, 408 first-year British undergraduate students completed measures assessing psychosis risk and finances at three time points. Findings: Greater financial difficulties increased psychosis risk cross sectionally both in terms of symptoms and distress. Other financial variables such as student loan amount were not significant. In longitudinal analysis financial difficulties increase psychotic symptoms and distress over time, but there was no impact of psychotic symptoms on later financial difficulties. Research limitations/implications: The study used a relatively small and heavily female sample. Future research is needed to confirm the findings. Practical implications: Whilst amount of debt does not appear to impact psychotic symptoms in students, greater financial difficulties appear to increase the risk of psychosis over time. Professionals working with students should be aware of this potential link. Originality/value: This is the first time a longitudinal study has examined the effect of finances on psychosis symptoms.

Debt, Financial, Psychosis, Psychotic, Student
1746-5729
Richardson, Thomas
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Yeebo, Mma
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Jansen, Megan
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Elliott, Peter
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Roberts, Ron
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Richardson, Thomas
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Jansen, Megan
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Elliott, Peter
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Roberts, Ron
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Richardson, Thomas, Yeebo, Mma, Jansen, Megan, Elliott, Peter and Roberts, Ron (2018) Financial difficulties and psychosis risk in British undergraduate students: a longitudinal analysis. Journal of Public Mental Health. (doi:10.1108/JPMH-12-2016-0056).

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine whether financial variables impact psychosis risk over time in students. Design/methodology/approach: In total, 408 first-year British undergraduate students completed measures assessing psychosis risk and finances at three time points. Findings: Greater financial difficulties increased psychosis risk cross sectionally both in terms of symptoms and distress. Other financial variables such as student loan amount were not significant. In longitudinal analysis financial difficulties increase psychotic symptoms and distress over time, but there was no impact of psychotic symptoms on later financial difficulties. Research limitations/implications: The study used a relatively small and heavily female sample. Future research is needed to confirm the findings. Practical implications: Whilst amount of debt does not appear to impact psychotic symptoms in students, greater financial difficulties appear to increase the risk of psychosis over time. Professionals working with students should be aware of this potential link. Originality/value: This is the first time a longitudinal study has examined the effect of finances on psychosis symptoms.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 4 May 2018
Keywords: Debt, Financial, Psychosis, Psychotic, Student

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Local EPrints ID: 421949
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421949
ISSN: 1746-5729
PURE UUID: f0f221dd-027b-4878-a5c1-e428433eb2cf

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Date deposited: 11 Jul 2018 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 00:34

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