Do All Individuals with Schizophrenia Have Cluttering?

Furtado, Jessica and Bajaj, Gagan and *, Leeba Babu (2013) Do All Individuals with Schizophrenia Have Cluttering? Language in India :Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow, 13 (1). pp. 350-361. ISSN 1930-2940

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Abstract

Cluttering is a disability in formulating language, causing confused, hurried and slurred diction, due to congenital and constitutional limitation of one’s total psychosomatic personality structure. Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thoughts/speech, disorganized behavior and apathy. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence and co-existence of Cluttering in patients with Schizophrenia. Twelve participants with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia were subjected to a series of linguistic and extralinguistic tasks. A writing sample was also obtained. The responses of all participants on these tasks, coupled with information from their medical charts, were used to complete the Daly’s Checklist. The study depicted that majority of the participants had Cluttering – Stuttering features, a significant proportion exhibited Cluttering and only one participant had no dysfluencies. This highlighted the co-existence of Cluttering and Schizophrenia, owing to its neurophysiological similarities. The linguistic impairments seen in patients with Schizophrenia constitute an independent ‘syndrome’ and cannot be attributed to their mental illness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cluttering, Schizophrenia, Daly’s checklist, Stuttering
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 06:02
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 06:02
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/140069

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