College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The BPRS in Assessing Symptom Correlates of Cerebral Ventricular Enlargement in Acute and Chronic Schizophrenia.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1983

Keywords

Acute Disease, Cerebral Ventricles, Cerebral Ventriculography, Chronic Disease, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Schizophrenia, Schizophrenic Psychology, Tomography.

Publication Title

Psychiatry Research

ISSN

0165-1781

Volume

9

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

The present study was an attempt to investigate hypotheses about the interrelationship of brain dysfunction and symptoms of schizophrenia using the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) and a measure of cerebral ventricular size. The ventricular brain ratio (VBR) was correlated with admission and discharge scores on the BPRS in 46 schizophrenic patients. A significant relationship was found between VBR and discharge BPRS scores. In general, the results were partially supportive of relationships found between neuropsychological data and the BPRS in a previous study, but shed little light on the relationships between brain damage and negative and positive symptoms. Limitations of using the BPRS, as well as possible sampling variations, are discussed.

DOI

10.1016/0165-1781(83)90047-1