The neurobehavioral disorder we call schizophrenia usually doesn't show up until adolescence or later. It occurs in 1 in 100 people but in about 3 percent of close relatives, siblings, and children. So although there is some added genetic risk, it's very small. That means that your child is more likely to be unaffected even if he has close relatives with this disorder. If you or your spouse has this neurological condition, you deserve some special help in parenting. Your mental health care provider or your community mental health center will have resources to help out. Contact NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (www.nami.org) for information or resources on this disorder.