Prospects of rehabilitation for elderly schizophrenics

G. C. Lyketsos, S. C. Richardson, S. K. Aritzi, C. G. Lyketsos

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Abstract

The psychopathology and disabilities of a group of institutionalised elderly schizophrenics were compared with those of a group of non-schizophrenic elderly, and with younger schizophrenics reported in a parallel study and in the literature. Elderly schizophrenics showed significantly more psychopathology and disability than the non-schizophrenic elderly; however, they exhibited less psychopathology than younger schizophrenics. Disability among elderly schizophrenics was not correlated with chronicity of institutionalisation or psychopathology. There was a suggestion that disability among elderly schizophrenics may be due to organic deterioration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-454
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume155
Issue numberOCT.
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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