Motor Dysfunctions

Neuromotor deficits have frequently been found in children who later develop schizophrenia, and are usually offered as further evidence of the neurodevelopmental theory [83,84]. Among high-risk children, neuromotor dysfunction was shown to be related to anxious/depressed behaviour and thought problems, although these dysfunctions did not distinguish high-risk children from children whose parents had another psychiatric illness or from children who were maltreated [85]. In the New York Infant Development Project, high-risk children who showed more delays in motor development during their first 2 years were more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia or spectrum disorders in adulthood [23]. Data from the NIMH Israeli High-risk Study [36] similarly offer evidence of poor motor coordination, hyperactivity, poor verbal abilities, and difficulties with perceptual tasks in adolescents who were later diagnosed with spectrum disorders. A follow-up study with the subjects from the Jerusalem Infant Development study found evidence of neuromotor deficits across development in preschizophrenic children [49]. Taken together, these results suggest that observable minor motor deficits are evident from as early as infancy and may be a useful biobehavioural marker for schizophrenia. As with other markers, the limitation is that motor abnormalities are not exclusive to schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

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