Psychodynamic Explanation of Schizophrenia

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outline Klein & Bion's explanation
1st 3 months, people in paranoid-schizoid position: feelings of persecution & being all-powerful. poor relationship with carer: unable to move on: schizophrenic core of personality. respond to stress by reverting back to these feelings(schiz symps)
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outline Fromm-Reichman's explanation
a specific type of parent that increases your likelihood of developing schizophrenia, according to the work done with her own patients. called the schizophrenogenic mother: cold, controlling, creates family life of tension and secrecy.
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STRENGTH: monozygotic twins reared apart
not a 100% concordance rate suggesting there are environmental factors which could include having a schizophrenogenic mother
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STRENGTH: explains
explains some symptoms of schizophrenia: delusions (but not others)
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STRENGTH: evidence in general
there is evidence that suggests a link between childhood neglect and the onset of schizophrenia which loosely supports this explanation
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WEAKNESS: Waring and Ricks
found schizophrenic mothers to be shy and withdraw instead of controlling and harsh like Fromm-Reichman suggested
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WEAKNESS: reductionist
doesn't consider other possibly causes of schizophrenia such as mental thoughts processes
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WEAKNESS: testing the explanation
all of the components of the explanation are unconscious and internal and so it is difficult to reliably test them
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a specific type of parent that increases your likelihood of developing schizophrenia, according to the work done with her own patients. called the schizophrenogenic mother: cold, controlling, creates family life of tension and secrecy.

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