The aims of this study were (1) to test the hypothesis that the clinical profiles of deficit, nondeficit, and negative symptom patients are difficult to distinguish during episodes of acute psychotic decompensation; and (2) to compare these groups of schizophrenic patients in terms of sociodemographic and anamnestic variables. Patients admitted for acute psychotic decompensation were retrospectively diagnosed as having deficit (N=18) or nondeficit (N=40) forms of schizophrenia and their symptom profiles were evaluated cross-sectionally by using various rating scales (SAPS, SANS, and PANSS). As a whole, nondeficit patients were clearly differentiated from deficit patients by lower severity of negative symptoms. However, the subgroup (N=24) of nondeficit patients with prominent negative symptoms that were secondary and/or nonenduring showed a symptom profile largely overlapping with that of deficit patients. Attentional impairment was the only measure distinguishing deficit and negative symptom patients. As for trait variables, deficit patients had lower education than the other two groups and, among male subjects, there was a higher percentage of left-banders in the deficit group than in the negative symptom subgroup. These results confirm the importance of diagnosing the deficit syndrome during periods of clinical stability in order to avoid the risk of misclassifying negative symptom patients into the deficit group.
Spalletta G., P.A. (1997). Patients with deficit, nondeficit, and negative symptom schizophrenia: Do they differ during episodes of acute psychotic decompensation?. SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, 24(3), 341-348.
|Tipologia:||Articolo su rivista|
|Citazione:||Spalletta G., P.A. (1997). Patients with deficit, nondeficit, and negative symptom schizophrenia: Do they differ during episodes of acute psychotic decompensation?. SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH, 24(3), 341-348.|
|IF:||Con Impact Factor ISI|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/39 - Neuropsichiatria Infantile|
Settore MED/25 - Psichiatria
|Revisione (peer review):||Sì, ma tipo non specificato|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0920-9964(96)00124-7|
|Stato di pubblicazione:||Pubblicato|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1997|
|Titolo:||Patients with deficit, nondeficit, and negative symptom schizophrenia: Do they differ during episodes of acute psychotic decompensation?|
|Autori:||Spalletta G., Pasini A., De Angelis F., Troisi A.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|