This study compared the course of illness of 36 patients who received a diagnosis of either DSM-III-R schizophreniform disorder or schizophrenia. Approximately 3.5 and 4.0 years after their index hospitalization, the two groups were compared for differences in positive and negative symptoms of psychosis, interpersonal and occupational role functioning, and other aspects of the deficit state. Multivariate data analyses indicate that the course of illness of the two groups is significantly different (p < .007), and the data also indicate that patient symptoms and functioning changed significantly over time (p < .008). The schizophreniform patients showed a low level of negative symptoms at both follow-ups; schizophrenics initially showed a higher level of negative symptoms, but these symptoms decreased significantly over time (p < .04). These data indicate that the course of DSM-III-R schizophreniform disorder is distinct from the course of schizophrenia.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Psychology|
|State||Published - 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology