Proverb interpretation in schizophrenia: The significance of symptomatology and cognitive processes

Scott R. Sponheim, Christa Surerus-Johnson, Jennie Leskela, Michael E. Dieperink

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Abstract

Although clinicians have patients interpret proverbs in mental status exams for psychosis, there are few empirical studies investigating the significance of proverb interpretation. In schizophrenia patients, we found abstraction positively correlated with overall intelligence but no symptom measures, concreteness negatively correlated with overall intelligence, executive functioning, attention, and memory, and bizarre-idiosyncratic responses associated with positive formal thought disorder but no cognitive functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Volume65
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2003

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Concreteness
  • Proverb interpretation
  • Schizophrenia
  • Symptomatology
  • Thought disorder

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