Verbal fluency in patients with schizophrenia and affective psychoses and their first-degree relatives.
CM Gilvarry, A Russell, P Jones, P Sham, D Hemsley, RM Murray
Psychol Med | Published : 2001
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenic patients are known to have neuropsychological deficits including impaired verbal fluency, but it is not clear whether this latter deficit is: (a) a consequence of overall intellectual deficit; (b) shared with affective psychotic patients; or (c) shared by the relatives of schizophrenic patients; and (d) shared by the relatives of affective psychotic patients. METHODS: We administered Thurstone's Verbal Fluency Test to 45 schizophrenic patients and 72 of their relatives, and 30 affective psychotic patients and 53 of their relatives. Subjects were asked to generate as many words as possible beginning with the letters 'C' and 'S' and the total was taken as the dependen..View full abstract