Association psychology versus learning psychology theory of schizophrenia (author's transl)

Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
J Klosterkötter


This study has been stimulated by the parallel process of knowledge gained by association psychology and learning psychology approaches to the theory of schizophrenia. It is based on the hypothesis that this parallel must entail structural agreement for the symptomatologies influenced in each case. In order to examine whether this hypothesis is correct, the basic disturbance concept by G. Huber and L. Súllwold, which has been developed on the lines of learning psychology, is compared and contrasted with the theory of symptoms according to E. Bleuler, which has been developed by association psychology. This comparison shows an indeed far-reaching agreement in all structure-determining categories, besides differences in specificity problems and in the psychoreactive derivation model. The original concept of schizophrenia, therefore, emerges after half a century of phenomenological and holistic-psychological schizophrenia research, as a highly topical precursor of the modern concept of this disease.


Jan 1, 1986·European Archives of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences·K Schonauer, G Buchkremer

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