Redundant clothing

A readily observable marker for schizophrenia in the psychiatric emergency room population

Valerie Arnold, Ted L. Rosenthal, Randolph T. Dupont, Duane Hilliard

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Abstract

Most mental health workers have seen bizarrely dressed patients who wear multiple pieces of some item of clothing. Since many of these patients carried a schizophrenic diagnosis, we devised a study to test whether redundant clothing is a reliable indicator of schizophrenia. Of 25 patients who presented at the city psychiatric emergency room wearing redundant clothes, 18 received schizophrenic diagnoses. A Chi square analysis comparing proportions attained significance at the P < .0001 level. Although not a particularly sensitive measure, wearing redundant clothes appears to be a readily observable behavior associated with schizophrenia in the psychiatric emergency room.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-47
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Redundant clothing : A readily observable marker for schizophrenia in the psychiatric emergency room population. / Arnold, Valerie; Rosenthal, Ted L.; Dupont, Randolph T.; Hilliard, Duane.

In: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Vol. 24, No. 1, 01.01.1993, p. 45-47.

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