Cognitive impairment in adolescents with schizophrenia

John T. Kenny, Lee Friedman, Robert L. Findling, Thomas P. Swales, Milton E. Strauss, John A. Jesberger, S. Charles Schulz

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether adolescent schizophrenia is characterized by neuropsychological deficits. Method: The performance on a battery of neuropsychological tests of 17 adolescents with schizophrenia (mean age=15.71 years) was compared with that of 17 normal adolescents (mean age=15.12 years). Results: Compared with the normal subjects, the patients were impaired on 10 of the 13 measures; larger effect sizes were shown for measures involving working memory and attention than for those involving secondary memory, generative naming, and executive functions. Conclusions: Adolescents with schizophrenia have generalized cognitive dysfunction, which is most apparent on tests of attention and working memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1613-1615
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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