Journal article

The factor structure for the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) in recent-onset psychosis.

Robin Emsley, Jonathan Rabinowitz, Martijn Torreman, undefined RIS-INT-35 Early Psychosis Global Working Group

Schizophrenia Research | Published : 2003

Abstract

The Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) is a widely used instrument for measuring severe psychopathology in adult patients with schizophrenia. Data, primarily on chronic patients, have been used to define factors for the PANSS. The present study examines the PANSS factor structure in a large sample of subjects with recent-onset schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder and schizoaffective disorder who had been exposed to very limited antipsychotic medication. Equamax factor analysis was conducted on PANSS baseline assessments from a multicenter, 11 country drug trial that enrolled 535 patients. The forced five-factor solution essentially corresponds to the factors most frequently des..

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