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Childhood and adult schizophrenia: Some clinical and experimental comparisons

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Abstract

The literature does not provide convincing evidence that childhood schizophrenia starting before age 11 represents the same disease process as adult schizophrenia, with regard to clinical symptomatology, genetic background and course of illness, and childhood schizophrenia seldom appears to involve long term schizophrenic deterioration. Our sample of 31 childhood schizophrenics studied with a battery of a motor conditional reflex tests, an autonomic conditioning test and a word association test did not present symptoms comparable to those seen in a group of adult schizophrenics tested with similar procedures. Supported by grant HDO1095 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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Wortis, J., Sersen, E.A., Floistad, I. et al. Childhood and adult schizophrenia: Some clinical and experimental comparisons. Pav. J. Biol. Sci. 9, 149–159 (1974). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03000572

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Keywords

  • Schizophrenia
  • Autistic Child
  • Unconditional Response
  • Word Association Test
  • Childhood Schizophrenia