Journal article

Relationship of behavioural and symptomatic syndromes in schizophrenia to spatial working memory and attentional set-shifting ability

C Pantelis, CA Harvey, G Plant, E Fossey, P Maruff, GW Stuart, WJ Brewer, HE Nelson, TW Robbins, TRE Barnes

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2004

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Behavioural syndromes (thought disturbance, social withdrawal, depressed behaviour and antisocial behaviour) offer a different perspective from that of symptomatic syndromes on the disability that may be associated with schizophrenia. Few studies have assessed their relationship with neuropsychological deficits. We hypothesized that these syndromes may represent behavioural manifestations of frontal-subcortical impairments, previously described in schizophrenia. METHOD: Long-stay inpatients (n=54) and community patients (n=43) with enduring schizophrenia were assessed, using measures of symptoms and behaviour and tests of executive functioning. The relationship between syndromes ..

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