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July 1966

The Schizophrenic in College

Author Affiliations

From the Mental Health Division of the University of Illinois Health Service, Urbana.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(1):54-58. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730130056009

HISTORICALLY, there has been an association between mental disturbance and intellectual creativity. Even today, the odd or eccentric student in college with a peculiar social adaptation is frequently thought of as the potential genius and the scholarly thinker.

After several years of experience in a mental health division of a large midwestern university health service and treating a variety of psychotic students, impressions and prognostic conclusions have been formed which are fairly consistent with those which other workers in college mental health have reported.1-4 Conclusions regarding the educational achievement of the schizophrenic student in college have been mostly impressionistic rather than factual.

This study will attempt to explore and validate the relationship between the academic performance of schizophrenic college students compared to nonpsychotic students. Despite a few reported observations, there has been no systematic attempt which investigates the relationship of psychosis to academic

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