PREMORBID ASOCIAL ADJUSTMENT AND OUTCOME IN SCHIZOPHRENIA

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Abstract

Prognostic value of the Premorbid Asocial Adjustment Scale (PAAS) was examined for a mixed group of 135 schizophrenics. The PAAS had nonsignificant correlations with three global outcome measures 1 and 2 years after admission for the patient group as a whole. However, the previous finding that the PAAS had prognostic value for nonchronic schizophrenic patients was confirmed. Prognostic correlations were significant for the half of the subjects who were above average in prehospital functioning, and were even higher in the younger half of this subgroup. The scatterplot of the prognostic relationship suggested the expected triangular shape, with poor prognosis associated with poor outcomes and good prognosis associated with mixed outcomes.

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