Year : 2003  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 31--38

Psychopathology in Children of Schizophrenics


Sharita Shah1, Sanjeev Kamat2, Urmila Sawant3, HS Dhavale4 
1 Lecturer, Department Of Psychiatry, B.Y.L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Dr. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400008, India
2 Professor and Head, Department Of Psychiatry, B.Y.L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Dr. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400008, India
3 Senior Resident, Department Of Psychiatry, B.Y.L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Dr. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400008, India
4 Clinical Psychologist, Department Of Psychiatry, B.Y.L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Dr. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400008, India

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Sharita Shah
Lecturer, Department Of Psychiatry, B.Y.L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Dr. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400008
India

The higher prevalence of schizophrenia in children of schizophrenics than in the general population has generated an interest in pinpointing those behaviors that may precede the disorder and serve as an index of vulnerability to the disorder. Signs of neurobehavioral dysfunction in areas of neurocognitive functioning and social behavior have been found in school-age children of schizophrenic parents. This study assessed the neurobehavioral functioning, social behavior, cognitive functioning, attention and intelligence in children with a schizophrenic parent and compared the same parameters with children of mentally healthy parents. The children aged 12-15 years, were assessed with a battery of neurobehavioral tests. The children with a schizophrenic parent performed more poorly on the tests as compared to the children of mentally healthy parents. The children with a schizophrenic parent were seen to have more behavioral problems, especially withdrawn behavior and more social problems when compared to the other children in the study. Poor attention, disordered thoughts and lower intelligence were also observed to be more in the children of the schizophrenic parent


How to cite this article:
Shah S, Kamat S, Sawant U, Dhavale H S. Psychopathology in Children of Schizophrenics.Indian J Psychiatry 2003;45:31-38


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Shah S, Kamat S, Sawant U, Dhavale H S. Psychopathology in Children of Schizophrenics. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2003 [cited 2020 Oct 30 ];45:31-38
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