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ERIC Number: ED078627
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A Comparison of the Animistic Beliefs of Schizophrenic Children with Normal Children, As Revealed by a Test Based on Piaget's Research.
Kramer, Alice Poulsen
The animistic beliefs of 40 schizophrenic children were compared with the beliefs of 40 normal children (age range for both groups from 11 to 15 years) in light of Jean Piaget's developmental stages of animistic thinking. Each S was tested individually on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test and on whether each of 20 objects was animate. Schizophrenic Ss were not more animistic in their beliefs than normal Ss. The normal Ss did show a negative relationship between IQ and degree of animistic beliefs which the schizophrenic Ss did not show. Schizophrenic Ss were not consistent in their animistic or naturalistic thinking as were the majority of normal Ss. A significant negative correlation between age and animistic beliefs was found, and most of the children could not be classified into one of Piaget's four stages of animistic thinking. (DB)
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