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October 1973

Thought Disorder in the Parents of Poor-Premorbid Male Schizophrenics

Author Affiliations

Syracuse, NY
From the Division of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York, Medical School, Syracuse.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;29(4):472-475. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.04200040028005

Conceptual impairment in the parents of poor-premorbid male schizophrenics was investigated with the Object Sorting test. Twenty-one parent pairs of the patients and 16 parent pairs of normal young men were studied. Although scores for patient-fathers indicated greater impairment than those of control fathers, this was not statistically significant.

Patient-fathers' impairment scores did exceed patient-mothers' to a greater extent than control fathers' exceeded control mothers'. The confirmation of the father-mother impairment hypothesis can support the notion that within families of poor-premorbid male schizophrenics conceptual adequacy is sex-typed in favor of females.

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