Neuropsychological dysfunction in parents of schizophrenics.

  title={Neuropsychological dysfunction in parents of schizophrenics.},
  author={Josette G Harris and Lawrence E. Adler and David A. Young and C. Munro Cullum and Laurie M Rilling and Antionette R Cicerello and P M Intemann and Robert Freedman},
  journal={Schizophrenia research},
  volume={20 3},
Neuropsychological measures designed to examine aspects of attention, learning efficiency, and memory were investigated in 14 schizophrenic probands, their 28 parents, and 18 normal individuals. Probands performed at levels significantly below normals on measures of attention and of learning efficiency and performed below their parents on a subset of the same measures. Eight families had one parent with a personal or ancestral pedigree history consistent with schizophrenia; the other parent's… CONTINUE READING

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These results extend previous findings of specific neuropsychological dysfunction in attention and learning in schizophrenics to show that some of the deficits are present in a subgroup of their parents , those who are likely carriers of genes conveying risk for schizophrenia .
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