Schzophrenia

Bentall R.P., Jackson H.J & Pilgrim D. (1988): Abandoning the concept of “schizophrenia: Some implications of validity arguments for psychological research into psychotic phenomena British Journal of Clinical Psychology, No. 27, pp. 303 324

Bentall R.P. (1992) Reconstructing Schizophrenia Routledge

Reconstructing Schizophrenia subjects the difficult concept of schizophrenia to rigorous scientific, historical and sociological scrutiny. They ask why a biological defect has been assumed in the absence of hard evidence and look at what can be done psychologically to alleviate schizophrenic symptoms. Finally, they explore what new models and research strategies are required in order to understand schizophrenic behaviour. The result is a book that provides a distinctive and critical perspective on modern psychiatric theories and which demonstrates the severe limitations of an exclusively medical approach to understanding madness.

Bentall R.P., Claridge G.S. & Slade P.D (1989): The Multidimensional Nature of Schizotypal traits: A factor analytic study with normal subjects, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol.?

Harrow, Martin PhD; Jobe, Thomas H. MD, Factors Involved in Outcome and Recovery in Schizophrenia Patients Not on Antipsychotic Medications: A 15-Year Multifollow-Up Study. Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease. 195(5):406-414, May 2007.

Abstract:
This prospective longitudinal 15-year multifollow-up research studied whether unmedicated patients with schizophrenia can function as well as schizophrenia patients on antipsychotic medications. If so, can differences in premorbid characteristics and personality factors account for this? One hundred and forty-five patients, including 64 with schizophrenia, were evaluated on premorbid variables, assessed prospectively at index hospitalization, and then followed up 5 times over 15 years. At each follow-up, patients were compared on symptoms and global outcome. A larger percent of schizophrenia patients not on antipsychotics showed periods of recovery and better global functioning (p < .001). The longitudinal data identify a subgroup of schizophrenia patients who do not immediately relapse while off antipsychotics and experience intervals of recovery. Their more favorable outcome is associated with internal characteristics of the patients, including better premorbid developmental achievements, favorable personality and attitudinal approaches, less vulnerability, greater resilience, and favorable prognostic factors. The current longitudinal data suggest not all schizophrenia patients need to use antipsychotic medications continuously throughout their lives.

I Leudar, P Thomas and M. Johnston: Self Repair for in dialogues of schizophrenics: effects of hallucinations and negative symptoms, (1992) Brain and Language 43: 487 – 511

T.R. Sarbin (1990): Towards the Obsolescence of the Schizophrenia Hypothesis, The Journal of Mind and Behaviour, vol. 11. No.3/4, pp. 259 283

Thomas P (1997), The Dialectics of Schizophrenia, Free Association Books (NY & London)

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