Psychophysiological Evaluation of Verbal Interaction during Conversations between Psychotic Patients and their Relatives

  • Andreas Altorfer
  • Marie-Louise Käsermann


In the context of a vulnerability stress model of schizophrenic episodes (e.g., Zubin and Spring, 1977), behavioral events in communication such as negative attitudes in high Expressed Emotion (EE, Leff and Vaughn, 1985), negative Affective Style (AS, Doane et al., 1981) and high Communication Deviance (CD, Doane et al., 1982; Interactional Measure of CD, Velligan et al., 1990) are conceived of as specific stressors which interfere with the patients’ ability to adapt to life outside the confines of the hospital. Numerous studies e.g. from the “Family Research Group” at University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) have demonstrated this important relation between specific events during family communication and increased risk of relapse (see reviews by Goldstein, 1987; 1988; 1991).


Communicative Exchange Psychotic Patient Verbal Interaction Index Person Communicative Move 
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  • Marie-Louise Käsermann

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