Young adult schizophrenics: Prediction of outcome and antecedent childhood factors

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Abstract

Followed a young adult sample of 45 male acute schizophrenics through record sources into middle age. Antecedent childhood information was also obtained. Thus, information was available for all Ss at the following 3 mean age levels: 10.9 yrs, 21.7 yrs, and 43.7 yrs. Three aspects of schizophrenia (psychotic thinking, affectivity, and social competence) were assessed in terms of long-term stability and prediction of outcome criteria. Measures of psychotic thinking were found to lack both stability and predictive validity. In contrast, a combined measure of affectivity and social competence was stable over time and was significantly related to eventual outcome. Childhood factors were also related to adult outcome variables. Implications for research definitions of schizophrenia are discussed. (11 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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