عملکردهای شناختی در اختلال شخصیتی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|38315||1999||10 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||5674 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Schizophrenia Research, Volume 37, Issue 2, 25 May 1999, Pages 123–132
Abstract Objective: Schizophrenia spectrum subjects have cognitive deficits in a variety of domains. Schizotypal personality disordered (SPD) subjects do not have many of the confounds seen in schizophrenic patients, but may have the same pattern of cognitive deficits in attention and executive functioning. Hypotheses: We hypothesized that SPD subjects would have impairments on measures of attention, abstract reasoning, cognitive inhibition, working memory and verbal recognition memory when compared to normal subjects, and that these deficits would be intermediate to those observed in schizophrenic patients. Method: SPD subjects (N=20) were compared to age-, gender- and education-matched schizophrenic patients (N=20) and normal comparison subjects (N=20) on a battery of cognitive measures. Results: The data were analyzed using standard statistical methods, including effect sizes. Using a conservative alpha level of 0.01, schizophrenic patients had deficits on many of these measures compared to normal subjects. Although the SPD subjects did not significantly differ from normal comparison subjects at the p<0.01 level, there were trends (p<0.019–0.028) toward impairment on measures of working memory and general intellectual functioning. On further effect size analysis, SPD subjects performed intermediate to normals and schizophrenic patients on measures of attention, abstract reasoning, cognitive inhibition, verbal working memory, recognition memory, and general intellectual functioning, with moderate to large effect sizes separating groups. Conclusions: These results suggest that SPD subjects have possible widespread cognitive deficits that are of lesser magnitude than those observed in schizophrenic patients.
. Introduction Schizophrenic patients have cognitive deficits on tasks that involve attention, abstract reasoning, language, and memory (Braff et al., 1991aBraff et al., 1991b; Saykin et al., 1991; Gold et al., 1997). Chapman and Chapman (1978)noted that the identification of disorder-specific `differential deficits' in schizophrenic patients can be difficult, because they tend to have generalized deficits on tasks that exceed a minimal threshold of difficulty. In addition, schizophrenic subjects are often acutely symptomatic, on psychotropic medication and chronically ill at the time of testing, which may lead to confounding factors such as poor motivation and impaired task-focus (Lencz et al., 1995). Schizotypal personality disordered (SPD) subjects are thought to be phenomenologically and perhaps phenotypically related to schizophrenia based on genetic (Kendler et al., 1994), information processing (Braff, 1981; Cadenhead et al., 1993), neuroimaging (Rotter et al., 1991) and neurochemical studies (Siever et al., 1993). The DSM-IV criteria for SPD are based on those symptoms that appear most commonly in relatives of schizophrenic patients and during the prodromal phase of schizophrenia, in order to identify individuals who are phenotypically linked to schizophrenia (APA, 1994). Because SPD subjects are not psychotic, are frequently unmedicated and not chronically institutionalized, they do not have many of the potential confounds noted in studies of schizophrenic patients. If individuals with SPD have some genetic vulnerability for schizophrenia, they may demonstrate a pattern of cognitive deficits that are similar to those observed in schizophrenia, providing insight into the primary (versus generalized) deficits of schizophrenia-spectrum patients. The study of cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia-spectrum subjects has included the evaluation of schizophrenic patients, SPD subjects, relatives of schizophrenic patients and `psychosis prone' subjects (who score high on psychometric tests for schizotypy). The few studies of subjects who meet the DSM criteria for SPD have primarily involved measures of attention and executive functions, such as shifting of cognitive set or abstract reasoning, language, learning and memory (Lyons et al., 1991; Thaker et al., 1991; Trestman et al., 1995; Lees Roitman et al., 1997; Voglmaier et al., 1997). Trestman et al. (1995)found that SPD subjects had abnormalities on tests of executive functioning [Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) and Trail-making Part B] but normal performance on tests of general intellectual functioning [Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—Revised (WAIS-R) Block Design and Vocabulary]. Voglmaier et al. (1997)also found cognitive deficits in a community sample of SPD subjects on tests of abstract reasoning (WCST) and verbal learning and memory as measured by the California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT) and a trend toward differences in Verbal IQ (WAIS-R) when compared to normals. Relatives of schizophrenic patients, who, like SPD subjects, are thought to express some level of intermediate phenotypes, have deficits that are less severe than those seen in schizophrenic patients on measures of attention, abstract reasoning, learning and language functions (Franke et al., 1992; Cannon et al., 1994; Keefe et al., 1994; Goldberg et al., 1995). It is important to note that those family members with the greatest impairment on the cognitive tasks have greater numbers of SPD traits (Cannon et al., 1994; Keefe et al., 1994). The `psychosis-prone' groups may differ phenomenologically from subjects diagnosed with SPD because they are identified based on high scores on psychometric tests rather than on the direct expression of symptoms observed during diagnostic interviews (Chapman et al., 1994; Cadenhead et al., 1996). These hypothetically `psychosis prone' subjects have been shown to have deficits on measures of cognitive inhibition and abstraction such as on the Stroop and WCST (Beech et al., 1989a and Beech et al., 1989b; Lenzenweger and Korfine, 1994) and less lateralized cerebral functioning as measured by the Recognition Memory Test (RMT) (Gruzelier and Doig, 1996). The aim of the current study was to replicate and extend the existing literature on the cognitive performance of DSM-IV diagnosed SPD subjects. We assessed SPD subjects on a battery of cognitive measures that represent cognitive domains that have been identified previously as impaired in schizophrenic patients and the broader schizophrenia-spectrum individuals. We expected to replicate previous findings of impaired abstract reasoning in SPD subjects using the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) (Trestman et al., 1995; Voglmaier et al., 1997). Additionally, we predicted deficits on measures of auditory attention (Seashore Rhythm Test), cognitive inhibition (Stroop), verbal working memory (Letter Number Span) and recognition memory (RMT) that have yet to be studied in SPD but have been found to be deficient in schizophrenic patients (Gruzelier and Hammond, 1976; Abramczyk et al., 1983; Braff et al., 1991a and Braff et al., 1991b; Gold et al., 1997). The SPD subjects were demographically matched to normal comparison subjects and schizophrenic patients to avoid differences in cognitive performance related to age, education and gender (Heaton et al., 1986; Bilder, 1992; Perry et al., 1995). (1) We predicated that there would be no differences between SPD and normal comparison subjects in general intellectual functioning as measured by the WAIS-R Vocabulary Subtest. This prediction of normal intellectual functioning in SPD was based on the fact that the groups were demographically matched and the SPD group is not thought to have the generalized performance deficit observed in schizophrenic patients. (2) The SPD subjects' cognitive functioning was predicted to be impaired and intermediate to those seen in normal comparison subjects and schizophrenic patients.
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3. Results 3.1. Cognitive measures 3.1.1. Attention The SPD subjects performed intermediate to the normal comparison subjects and schizophrenic patients on the Seashore Rhythm Test, with 0.7 SD separating the three groups (Table 1). The distribution of the data was negatively skewed (skew=−1.23), the Kruskal–Wallis test statistic showed a trend toward significance (p<0.02) with the mean ranks in the predicted direction (normal comparison=37.08, SPD=32.35, schizophrenic=22.08). Table 1. Cognitive measures Normal comparison subjects (N=20) SPD subjects (N=20) SZb subjects (N=20) MANOVA (df=2,57) Kruskal–Wallis Effect size vs normal comparison Measuresa Mean SD 95% CI Mean SD 95% CI Mean SD 95% CI F/H p SPD SZ SRT Raw score 27.2 1.9 26.3–28.1 25.9 3.9 24.1–27.7 24.4 3.3 22.8–25.9 4.1 NS 0.68 1.47 WCST Categories 5.6 0.9 5.2–6.0 4.8 1.9 3.9–5.7 4.2 2.2 3.2–5.2 5.4 NS 0.89 1.56 Perseverations 15.9 12.0 10.3–21.5 24.5 20.4 14.9–34.1 39.5 38.7 21.4–57.5 5.4 NS 0.72 1.97 STROOP Color–Word 44.0 6.7 40.8–47.1 40.4 9.9 35.7–45.0 29.8 7.8 26.1–33.5 15.9 <0.001 0.54 2.12 Interference 2.4 5.7 −0.3–5.1 0.4 7.2 −2.9–3.8 −3.9 5.9 −6.7–−1.2 5.3 <0.01 0.35 1.11 LNS Total 16.2 2.6 14.9–17.4 13.5 3.2 12.0–15.0 12.5 4.4 10.5–14.6 5.9 <0.005 1.04 1.42 Longest 5.9 0.8 5.5–6.3 5.2 1.0 4.7–5.7 5.1 1.1 4.6–5.6 4.0 NS 0.88 1.00 RMTc Words 48.6 1.7 47.8–49.4 47.6 3.1 46.1–49.1 45.6 6.2 42.0–49.2 2.3 NS 0.59 1.65 Faces 45.3 3.3 43.7–46.8 42.6 6.0 39.7–45.5 40.1 6.0 37.0–43.2 8.2 NS 0.81 1.58 WAIS-R Vocabulary 11.5 2.0 10.6–12.4 9.9 1.6 9.1–10.6 8.7 2.8 7.4–10.0 8.4 NS 0.80 1.40 a SRT=Seashore Rhythm Test; WCST=Wisconsin Card Sorting Test; STROOP=Stroop Color and Word Test; LNS=Letter Number Span; RMT=Recognition Memory Test; WAIS-R=Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—Revised. bSZ=Schizophrenics. cSubjects tested on the RMT included normal comparison (N=20), SPD (N=19) and schizophrenic (N=14). Table options 3.1.2. Abstract reasoning On the WCST (Table 1), SPD subjects performed intermediate to the normal comparison subjects and schizophrenic patients, with moderate to large effect sizes (>0.50–0.80) separating the three groups both on the number of categories completed and perseverative responses. The WCST data were skewed (skew: Categories=−1.64, Perseverative Responses=2.24), the Kruskal–Wallis tests were not significant but the mean ranks were in the predicted order (Categories: normal comparison=36.33, SPD=30.17, schizophrenic=25.00; Perseverative Responses: normal comparison=24.00, SPD=30.75, schizophrenic=36.75). 3.1.3. Cognitive inhibition The SPD subjects performed intermediate to the normal comparison subjects and schizophrenic patients on the color–word section of the Stroop, differing from the normals by 0.5 SD and from the schizophrenic patients by >1 SD (Table 1). The same pattern was observed on the interference score, with small effects observed between the SPD group and normal comparison subjects while large effects were noted between schizophrenic patients and normal comparison subjects. Post-hoc tests following the significant MANOVA were significant between normal comparison subjects and schizophrenic patients, but not between normals and SPD subjects. 3.1.4. Verbal working memory Both the SPD and schizophrenic patients demonstrated impairment in LNS performance relative to the normal comparison subjects as indicated by the large effect sizes (d>0.80) separating the groups, both in number correct and longest string completed ( Table 1). Post-hoc tests following the significant MANOVA revealed that schizophrenic patients differed significantly from the normal comparison subjects in the total number correct, while there was a trend (p=0.019) between normal comparison and SPD subjects. Post-hoc tests for longest string completed showed a trend between the normal comparison and both SPD subjects (p=0.028) and schizophrenic patients (p=0.012). Analyses repeated using right-handed subjects continued to show large effect sizes separating both SPD subjects and schizophrenia patients from normals on the LNS, but the MANOVA was no longer significant with the reduction in group sizes. 3.1.5. Recognition memory The SPD subjects performed intermediate to normals and schizophrenic patients on both verbal and non-verbal recognition memory when compared to normals, with moderate to large effect sizes separating the groups (Table 1). The distributions were skewed (skew: words=−2.99, faces=−1.01). The Kruskal–Wallis test for the faces portion of the test showed a trend toward significance, with the mean ranks in the expected direction (normal comparison=33.58, SPD=26.55, schizophrenic=18.21), while the Kruskal–Wallis test for words was not significant. When only right-handed subjects were used, the SPD subjects continued to show impairment on both portions of the test (effect size: words=1.17, faces 0.64), while the schizophrenic patients did poorly only on the faces component of the test (effect size: words=0.08. faces=1.33) when compared to normals. There were no significant differences between groups when only right-handed subjects were used. 3.1.6. General intellectual functioning The SPD subjects performed intermediate to the schizophrenic patients and normal comparison subjects, with moderate to large effect sizes between the three groups. The normal comparison subjects scored slightly higher than the population mean on the WAIS-R Vocabulary Test (T score=51.2), while the SPD subjects and schizophrenic patients were below the general population mean (T score: SPD=46.2, schizophrenic=42.5). Post-hoc analyses following the significant MANOVA revealed a trend (p=0.02) between SPD subjects and normal comparison subjects and a significant difference (p<0.01) between schizophrenic patients and normal comparison subjects. Correlational analyses performed within the normal comparison group revealed no significant correlation between WAIS-R Vocabulary Subtest score and any of the cognitive measures. Because of the lack of correlation between the WAIS-R and other measures in the normals as well as demographic matching of groups, we did not perform additional analyses to adjust for potential IQ differences.