Family Explanations of Schizophrenia

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  • Created by: Mary Moon
  • Created on: 10-06-13 15:20

Bateson proposed the double blind theory which suggests that children who are continuesly exposed to contradicory messages from their parents are more likely to develop schizophrenia. A prolonged exposure to contradicotry messages prevents a development of internally coherent construction of reality, which can result in the flattening effect, dullusions and hallucinations. 

In support of this explanation, BERGER found that schizophrenic recalled significantly more double bind statements than a control group. However, the recall may be unreliable as schizophrenia may effect it.

In addition, MICHLER and WEXLER found that parents communicated with schizophrenic daughter significantly differenly from their 'normal' daughters. This suggests that dysfunctional communication is a result of living…


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