`Psychological' Constructs and `Psychological' Symptoms in Schizophrenia

F. M. MCPHERSON

Abstract

Among acute schizophrenics, although not among chronics, there was a significant tendency for those patients who used `psychological', as opposed to `objective', constructs when differentiating among people (in photographs) to admit to `psychological', rather than `somatic', neurotic symptoms. Small (1970), using a different method of eliciting constructs, had previously found this in neurotic patients. These findings provide further evidence of a relationship between the type of clinical sign and symptom shown by psychiatric patients and the content of their personal construct systems.