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June 1958

Measure of the Inadequacy in Schizophrenic Patients for Making Difficult Discriminative Evaluations

Author Affiliations


From the Institute for Psychosomatic and Psychiatric Research and Training, Michael Reese Hospital.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;79(6):675-680. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340060073010

Included in the many researches contrasting psychological processes of normally functioning and mentally disturbed persons are several which have been designed to study intraindividual variability. Several investigators of this problem—Gatewood2; Hunt4; Shakow and Huston7; Huston, Shakow, and Riggs,5 and Siegel8—are of the general opinion that increased intraindividual variability in psychomotor and mental tests is positively related to emotional disturbance. Stability in attitudes of young schizophrenic patients has been investigated by David and Rabinowitz,1 who found these subjects to be less consistent than student nurses in expressing a preference. In their study, results were based on a test-retest situation. The present paper has the dual purpose of reporting further evidence for this finding, and of describing a procedure utilizing Paired Comparisons which provides an inconsistency score in a single testing session. In addition to the practical advantage of avoiding the need of seeing each

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