Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

No, but. There are no studies that associate the development of schizophrenia to early child abuse. While the causes of schizophrenia are unclear, some evidence supports a genetic link, a link to chronic and early marijuana use, and effects from a fetus being exposed to certain viruses. However, childhood abuse can lead to symptoms that may look like schizophrenia, including hallucinations.
Complex. Schizophrenia is a complex illness--many kids are abused few later have schizophrenia--is there aa connection--we don't know at this point.

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What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

Many things. Such a painful situation here. Many people who abuse or molest children were themselves abused . . . . Thus perpetuating a generational crime against younger (and less powerful) kids in the family. The key is to shift the victim to survivor through timely treatment, as was probably not done for the perpetrator. Sometimes when the child "tells, " she or he is not believed, either. Tragic. Read more...
People who have . been abused/molested tend to molest and abuse children/people. Schizophrenia or Bipolar disorder are two different kinds of mental illness and need medicine. They worsen with any stress and can get better with therapy and medicine. Seek a psychiatrist for medicine. Go find a psychologist for counseling and go to primary care if the wait for the psychiatrist is too long. . Read more...
Many factors. Including risk from addiction to drugs by the parent, a single parent household/ absence of stable father figure, the child's own behavioral issues and others. One do the most challenging is that ? of of abusers have been victims themselves eg The Cycle of Abuse. As individuals with such risk factors, recognition of one own tendencies to replay these, as early as possible with a therapist is key. Read more...