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May 1977

Children of Psychotic Mothers: Performance of 3-Year-Old Children on Tests of Attention

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychology, Boston University (Ms Gamer), the Tufts New England Medical Center (Dr Gallant), Boston, the Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Hospital (Dr Grunebaum), Cambridge, Mass, and the Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Education (Dr Cohler), University of Chicago.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1977;34(5):592-597. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1977.01770170102010

• Children of mentally ill mothers (N = 21), believed to be at risk for the subsequent development of psychopathology (highrisk group) were compared with children of well mothers (N = 21) (low-risk group) on the Embedded Figures Test (EFT) and the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT). Results indicated that children in the high-risk group perform less well than low-risk children on the EFT (particularly on the more difficult stimuli), but do not differ from low-risk children on the PPVT. These results are interpreted as showing greater impairment of attention among children of mentally ill mothers than among children of well mothers.

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