Psycholinguistics and Mental Health

The State of the Art
  • R. W. Rieber
  • Joseph Jaffe
Part of the Applied Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders book series (APCD)


This is the first book to attempt to integrate psychiatry and the burgeoning field of applied psycholinguistics. The ideal application involves the scientific study of the psychology of language and thought as it relates to the gamut of psychological disorders. In general, psychiatrists are not primarily concerned with aphasia, stuttering, mental deficiency, and other related neurolinguistic communication disorders. Accordingly, we have narrowed the scope of the book to exclude these conditions. Another application, namely, to affective disorders, is also omitted, even though some of our authors have worked in this area (Jaffe, Anderson, & Rieber, 1973). Finally, areas of linguistic interest such as autism and childhood schizophrenia are absent, as this work is reviewed in Frank and Rieber (in press).


Mental Illness Mental Deficiency Language Disorder Thought Disorder Communication Disorder 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. W. Rieber
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joseph Jaffe
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal JusticeCity University of the City of New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Columbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Department of PsychologyColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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