The Effect of Social Activity on the Speech of Chronic Schizophrenic Patients

  • Anthony A. Turvey
  • Chris J. Main
  • Douglas Montgomery


The use of activity in the treatment of psychiatric patients has a long history (Ozarin, 1954), and is central to industrial, occupational and some psychological approaches (Watts, 1976; MacDonald et al, 1972; Paul and Lentz, 1977). There have been many explanations for the way activity may influence chronic schizophrenics’ social behaviour, such as by group pressure inducing conformity (Tillotson, 1939), by influencing the expectations of both staff and patients (Paul and Lentz, 1977), by structuring patterns of stimulation (Wing, 1978), or by reducing institutionalisation (Barton, 1959). There is little clear evidence, however, to show precisely how these procedures operate, or indeed whether they operate at all.


Social Skill Training Therapeutic Community Observer Agreement Token Economy Chronic Schizophrenic Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony A. Turvey
    • 1
  • Chris J. Main
    • 2
  • Douglas Montgomery
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentRoyal Dundee Liff HospitalDundeeScotland
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentGartnavel Royal HospitalGlasgowScotland
  3. 3.Craig Dunain HospitalInvernessScotland

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