The purpose of this paper is to examine whether financial variables impact psychosis risk over time in students.Design/methodology/approachIn total, 408 first-year British undergraduate students completed measures assessing psychosis risk and finances at three time points.FindingsGreater 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/implicationsThe study used a relatively small and heavily female sample. Future research is needed to confirm the findings.Practical implicationsWhilst 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/valueThis is the first time a longitudinal study has examined the effect of finances on psychosis symptoms.
Journal of Public Mental Health – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Keywords: Student; Psychosis; Debt; Financial; Psychotic