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Loose associations and disordered speech patterns in chronic schizophrenia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1249563     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present research involves the development and utilization of a method to evaluate the free speech of chronic schizophrenic patients to measure aspects of thought disorder. Using this technique, two samples (one chronically hospitalized, the other nonhospitalized) of 15 chronic schizophrenic subjects each studied and compared. Severe types of looseness of association were not a prominent finding in the patients studied. On several of the other categories of speech patterns in investigated, multiyear hospitalized chronic schizophrenics were found to have significantly higher scores than a sample of chronic schizophrenics living in the community. This included a measure of paucity of speech, of perseveration, of repetition, and a measure of overally deviant verbalizations. The chronic schizophrenic patients generally showed high degrees of perseveration and paucity of speech, variables which may be related to impoverished thinking. The significance of these results is analyzed and discussed, with several aspects of the data suggesting that the differences may be due to severity of illness. The phenomenological scoring system developed and utilized is found to be reliable and seems to represent a useful tool for the study of many aspects of the schizophrenic patient.
A Siegel; M Harrow; F E Reilly; G J Tucker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  162     ISSN:  0022-3018     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  1976 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-04-19     Completed Date:  1976-04-19     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:  105-12     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care
Chronic Disease
Schizophrenia / therapy
Schizophrenic Language*
Schizophrenic Psychology

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