Schizophrenia is a complicated disease that is characterized by positive and negative symptoms associated with significant social and occupational dysfunction. Negative symptoms are less responsive to treatment and strongly associated with cognitive deficits. Thought disorder in schizophrenia is associated with impaired language production and, particularly, impaired semantic organization. The Communication Disturbances Index (CDI) was developed in order to assess communication disturbance in the speech of psychotic patients. Practical applications of the CDI may be beneficial for differential diagnosis. This study investigates the connection between amount of clinical experience and ability to assess communication disturbances in schizophrenic speech. No significant differences were found between licensed health professionals, including clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, and psychology graduate students in their ability to evaluate communication disturbances in schizophrenic speech. Implications for future research were discussed.CHAPTER 3: METHOD Participants There were 30 participants in the study. Although the attempt was made to obtain an estimated effect size from meta- analysis of the communication disorders literature in order to estimate a number ofanbsp;...
|Title||:||Differences in Assessment of Speech of People with Schizophrenia as Measured by the Communication Disturbances Index (CDI) Based on the Amount of Clinical Experience|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2006|