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Ego-pathology and common symptom factors in schizophrenia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15167410     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The phenomenological construct of ego-pathology in schizophrenia has been widely referred to in psychopathological textbooks but was systematically assessed in very few empirical studies. This study investigated the association between ego-pathology (Ego-Pathology Inventory) and common symptom factors (Positive and Negative Symptom Scale) in paranoid schizophrenia patients within 3 days after admission and after 2 weeks of treatment. The predictive value of ego-pathology for short-term treatment outcome was also assessed. A factor analysis of all subscale scores revealed a four-factor solution: positive symptoms, negative symptoms, and two distinct ego-pathology factors, i.e., general and identity. Although the ego-pathology subscale "activity" loaded on the positive symptom factor, the other four subscales formed the two ego-pathology factors with no high loadings on other factors. High scores on ego-demarcation at admission predicted poor treatment outcome after 2 weeks. The findings suggest that ego-pathology might be used to capture additional and clinically meaningful symptom dimensions in schizophrenia.
Frank Röhricht; Stefan Priebe
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  192     ISSN:  0022-3018     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-28     Completed Date:  2004-07-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  446-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Newham Centre for Mental Health East London and The City Mental Health Trust, London, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Models, Psychological
Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
Predictive Value of Tests
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
Schizophrenia / diagnosis*
Schizophrenic Psychology*
Self Psychology
Treatment Outcome

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