Schizophrenia etiology has been variably attributed to biological, psychodynamic, or ecological factors. Adolf Meyer (1866-1950) pioneered a psychogenic model of schizophrenia etiology that waned in popularity as biomedical and Freudian theories became dominant. With the increasing acceptance of the role of social factors in the onset of psychosis comes the renewed relevance of Meyer's theories. This article describes the psychogenic theory of schizophrenia etiology, as expressed by Meyer through a series of papers from 1903 to 1910, in the context of contemporaneous theories. The importance of Meyer's psychogenic theory as the forerunner to current psychosocial theories of psychopathology is discussed.
- mental health
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science