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August 1976

Personal and Social Factors Associated With the Remission of Psychiatric Symptoms

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Behavioral Science, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston. Dr Beiser is now with the Department of Psychiatry and Student Health Services, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1976;33(8):941-945. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1976.01770080059005

• Most studies of "spontaneous remission" involve samples of untreated psychiatric patients. This selection process limits the generalizability of findings to the population of persons with neurotic disturbances. This report concerns a community sample of people with neurotic disorders. Fifty subjects were followed up for five years, using both clinical and quantitative techniques. Almost half lost their symptoms during this time. Various sociodemographic factors, personality assets, and liabilities contribute to the process through which such remissions occur.