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February 1965

Interaction in Families With a Schizophrenic Child

Author Affiliations

From the Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University. Program Director, Currently (1964-65) Visiting Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of California Medical School (Dr. Lennard); Candidate, Doctor of Medical Science Program, Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York, and Lieutenant, United States Naval Hospital, Oakland (Dr. Beaulieu); and Research Assistant (Mr. Embrey).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(2):166-183. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720320054007

Table of Contents  Section I Part A—Objectives

  1. 1. To develop a quantitative methodology

  2. 2. To compare family interaction patterns

  3. 3. To explore tentative hypotheses about the meaning of differences

Part B—Procedure
  1. 1. The "schizophrenic" families

  2. 2. The "control" families

  3. 3. Instruction

  4. 4. Data processing

Section II Methodological limitations of this approach Methodological problems
  1. 1. The issue of stability and change in family interaction patterns

  2. 2. What is a sample of family process?

  3. 3. Can one sample "schizophrenic" families?

  4. 4. Specificity of patterns

  5. 5. Diagnosis of schizophrenia

  6. 6. Effect of study context on "natural" family interaction

  7. 7. Can "significant" variables be measured? Section III Part A—The family as a communication system Part B—The family as a regulation and control system Part C—The family as a socialization system Part D—Questions and control

References AppendixSection IPart A. Objectives.—This paper is a report on one of a series

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