Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 33–40 | Cite as

Psychological correlates of the course of Sydenham's chorea

Repeat evaluations of a case
  • Jerry Adams


Published reports provide contradictory evidence concerning the cause, nature, and course of Sydenham's chorea: Physiological, psychological, and interactional hypotheses have been advanced. Reports supporting any of these views suffer from lack of detail, objective observations, and/or longitudinal behavioral sampling. This case was studied longitudinally with numerous psychological tests. They revealed acute encephalopathy and severe personality disturbance in the acute stage, followed by rapid and lasting clearing of both symptoms. Thus, this case provided evidence consistent with virtually all published reports and with each hypothesis about Sydenham's chorea, suggesting the need for more careful longitudinal studies and a conceptual framework which can more fully embrace all the data.


Longitudinal Study Conceptual Framework Acute Stage Psychological Test Contradictory Evidence 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry Adams
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatrySouthern California Permanente Medical GroupSan Diego

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