SCHIZOPHRENIC LANGUAGE: AN EMPIRICIZED CASE STUDY1

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Abstract

The language used by a schizophrenic child and his therapist was studied. Six sessions were chosen from a ten month psychotherapy. The method of total content analysis as developed by Jules Laffal was applied to complete transcripts of each session. The guiding hypothesis of the investigation predicted language differences between patient and therapist. Results indicated that this hypothesis had little validity, as both used similar categories, and did so throughout treatment. The implications of the result were discussed in light of future investigations. Since some minor differences in language did occur, these results were discussed from a descriptive point of view. Particular attention was given to making inferences about the therapeutic relationship

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