PMID: 590475Dec 1, 1977

Parental focus of attention in a videotape feedback task as a function of hypothesized risk for offspring schizophrenia

Family Process
D J Lieber


The families of 29 disturbed but nonpsychotic adolescents were observed in a structured task in which they discussed their reactions to viewing themselves interacting on videotape. Measures derived from the Singer-Wynne concenpt of transactional style deviance were applied to the parental behaviors and related to prior assessments of parental communication disorder based on individual parental TAT protocols. The results confirm the Singer-Wynne hypothesis of the cross-situational stability of transactional style deviance. The most striking finding, however, is that an index of positive focusing behavior differentiates more strongly parents of adolescents hypothesized to be at varying leves of risk for schizophrenia than does the measure of transactional style deviance.


May 6, 1998·Pediatric Clinics of North America·R Edari, P McManus
Jun 27, 2013·Schizophrenia Bulletin·Paulo de SousaRichard P Bentall
Oct 1, 1981·Journal of Youth and Adolescence·M J Goldstein

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