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ERIC Number: ED072387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Pages: 16
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Factors Observed During Adolescence Which Anticipate the Degree of Psychopathology and Social Competence Seen in Early Adulthood.
Goldstein, Michael J.
The author conducted two studies of disturbed adolescents in an effort to specify the precursors of severe psychopathology in adulthood, particularly the schizophrenic spectrum of disorders. In the prospective study 35 disturbed adolescents were followed for a five-year period from age 16 to 21. Numerous measures were taken on the target adolescent as well as the family interaction patterns of his primary family group. Two criteria emerged as being particularly valuable in identifying the high risk adolescent: first, the perceived quality of relationships among primary family members and, second, the degree of bizarreness manifested in the adolescent psychopathology of the target child. In an attempt to follow up certain leads in these prospective data, a retrospective study was conducted using a sample of young adult schizophrenics whose parents were available as informants. The schizophrenics were also divided into good and poor premorbid based on a scale focused upon late adolescent patterns. The major finding in this study was that the descriptions of the adolescent behavior patterns of good and poor premorbids were very different and each resembled one of the prospective study's contrasting adolescent problem groups. (Author/SES)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, September 2-8, 1972, Honolulu, Hawaii