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Early Interv Psychiatry. 2014 Feb;8(1):87-90. doi: 10.1111/eip.12045. Epub 2013 Apr 10.

Clinical high-risk state does not predict later psychosis in a delinquent adolescent population.

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  • 1Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, National Institute for Health and Welfare; Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki.



Adolescents with severe disruptive behaviour have an elevated risk for adult psychosis. We investigated whether the Structured Interview for Prodromal Syndromes (SIPS) is a useful psychosis risk-screening tool for adolescents with disruptive behaviour.


Fifty-three adolescents residing in a reform school due to severe behavioural problems were interviewed with SIPS to ascertain clinical high-risk (CHR) state. CHR status was compared to self-reported psychiatric problems, and to registry data on hospital treatments for mental health disorders during a 5-year follow-up time.


CHR was associated with self-reported internalizing problems and thought problems. It failed to predict psychoses but was associated with hospital treatment for mood and conduct disorders.


The SIPS interview has limited power for predicting psychosis among adolescents with severe behavioural problems. However, SIPS appears to be useful for screening and predicting other psychiatric problems.

© 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.


adolescent; conduct disorder; juvenile delinquency; psychosis; screening

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