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Handedness in psychiatric patients.
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PMID:  588863     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Eight hundred psychiatric patients and eight hundred controls completed a handedness preference questionnaire. There was no significant difference in handedness between the two samples, but, contrary to some previous reports, excess of sinistrality was not associated with male sex. The distribution of handedness was similar in neurotics and controls, but among psychotics in general there was a higher proportion of fully right-handed subjects. Among schizophrenics there was a significantly higher proportion of left-handed writers among males than females. There were relatively few left-handed writers of either sex among patients with affective psychosis. Female patients with personality disorders had a significantly higher proportion of mixed handedness than controls. The findings are considered in relation to suggestions that functional psychoses may be associated with asymmetrical cerebral dysfunction, and that poorly lateralized function may be related to anomalous psychological development.
J J Fleminger; R Dalton; K F Standage
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science     Volume:  131     ISSN:  0007-1250     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1977 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-02-18     Completed Date:  1978-02-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342367     Medline TA:  Br J Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  448-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Functional Laterality*
Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
Middle Aged
Neurotic Disorders / diagnosis
Personality Disorders / diagnosis
Psychotic Disorders / diagnosis
Schizophrenia / diagnosis
Sex Factors

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