Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 338–344 | Cite as

The psychosis of association: Folie à deux

A case presentation
  • Ralph Zabarenko
  • James A. Johnson
Article

Summary and Conclusions

A case of psychosis of association, imposed type, is presented. The following principle features were present:
  1. 1.

    The primary agent (wife) was a paranoid schizophrenic; and the recipient (husband) had been a non-psychotic but very dependent personality, before the onset of the imposed psychosis.

     
  2. 2.

    The recipient adopted, but did not elaborate, the delusional system of the primary agent.

     
  3. 3.

    The recipient's symptoms tended toward remission during a period of separation from the primary agent.

     

Keywords

Public Health Primary Agent Dependent Personality Principle Feature Delusional System 

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References

  1. 1.
    Gralnick, Alexander: Folie à deux—the psychosis of association.Psychiat. Quart., 16:2, 230–263; 16:3, 491–520, April and July, 1942.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Gralnick, Alexander: The Carrington family: A psychiatric and social study illustrating the psychosis of association or folie à deux.Psychiat. Quart., 17:29, 294–326, April 1943.Google Scholar

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© The Psychiatric Quarterly 1950

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph Zabarenko
    • 1
  • James A. Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Research ServiceWestern State Psychiatric Institute and ClinicPittsburgh

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