Prospective evaluation of neurological soft signs in first-episode schizophrenia in relation to psychopathology: state versus trait phenomena.

@article{Whitty2003ProspectiveEO,
  title={Prospective evaluation of neurological soft signs in first-episode schizophrenia in relation to psychopathology: state versus trait phenomena.},
  author={Peter Whitty and Michelle Clarke and Stephen L. Browne and Orfhlaith McTigue and Moayyad Kamali and Larkin Feeney and Abbie Lane and Anthony Kinsella and John L Waddington and Conal Larkin and Elena O'callaghan},
  journal={Psychological medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={33 8},
  pages={
          1479-84
        }
}
BACKGROUND Although patients with schizophrenia have increased rates of neurological soft signs, few studies have examined prospectively their trait or state characteristics in relation to psychopathology. METHOD In a prospective study of 97 patients with first-episode schizophrenia (DSM-IV criteria) we assessed neurological soft signs and psychopathology at presentation and at 6 month follow-up for 73 cases. To establish whether soft signs were associated with variations in clinical state… CONTINUE READING

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