Use of second-person pronouns and schizophrenia

Andrew R Watson, Cağla Defterali, Thomas H Bak, Antonella Sorace, Andrew M McIntosh, David G C Owens, Eve C Johnstone, Stephen M Lawrie

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A masked analysis of videotaped assessments of people at high genetic risk of schizophrenia revealed that those who subsequently went on to develop schizophrenia used significantly more second-person pronouns. This was evident before diagnosis, at two separate assessments approximately 18 months apart. This supports the view that people who go on to develop schizophrenia may have an abnormality in the deictic frame of interpersonal communication - that is, the distinction between concepts being self-generated or from elsewhere may be blurred prior to the onset of a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-3
Number of pages2
JournalThe British Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4
Early online date8 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


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