• Welcome! It’s great to see you. Our forum members are people, maybe like yourself, who experience mental health difficulties or who have had them at some point in their life.

    If you'd like to talk with people who know what it's like

Social class at birth and risk of psychosis.



Well-known member
Mar 23, 2009

Individuals with psychotic disorders are represented more in the lower social classes, yet there is conflicting evidence to whether these individuals drift into the lower social classes or whether lower social class is a risk factor for developing psychosis. The aim of this study was to examine whether the social class at birth is a risk factor for developing psychosis.

We included individuals with a first episode of psychosis (FEP) whose social class at birth was determined from birth records. We employed a case-control study design and also compared the distribution of the social classes at birth of the cases to that of the general population.

A total of 380 individuals with an FEP and 760 controls were included in the case-control study. The odds ratio for developing an FEP associated with social class (low vs high) was .62 (95% confidence interval (CI): .46-.85, p < .001), indicating that individuals from a lower social class at birth have a reduced risk of psychosis. Individuals born between 1961 and 1980 with an FEP were more likely to be from a higher social class at birth compared to the general population (60.8% vs 36.7%, χ2 = 60.85, df = 1, p < .001). However, this association was not observed for those born between 1981 and 1990.

A higher social class at birth is associated with a greater risk for developing a psychotic disorder; however, this effect may show temporal variation.

Social class at birth and risk of psychosis. - PubMed - NCBI


Well-known member
Aug 17, 2012
The West Country
Well, that surprises me to be fair.
I'd have thought being of a 'lower' class might increase the risk, but that just goes to show i'm wrong.