Multifactorial inheritance, rates of maturation and psychiatry’s taxonomic dilemma

@article{Devries2008MultifactorialIR,
  title={Multifactorial inheritance, rates of maturation and psychiatry’s taxonomic dilemma},
  author={Marten W. Devries},
  journal={European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience},
  year={2008},
  volume={258},
  pages={25-28}
}
  • M. Devries
  • Published 31 May 2008
  • Psychology
  • European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
This paper reviews aspects of Letten F. Saugstad’s Maturation Theory in relation to the Kraepelinian dichotomy and psychiatric classification. The maturation theory is based on existing neuroscience, cross-national and mental health case register data and offers an innovative alternative to current etiological formulations. The maturational theory holds (1) that manic depressive illness relates to early maturation and (2) the schizophrenic syndrome relates to late maturation. The foundation of… 

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