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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 38 (1996) 9

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Patient psychopathology and parental Expressed Emotion

P.M. Dingemans, M.E. Lenior, D.H. Linszen

The relationship between parental EE and patient psychopathology was assessed in a sample of 83 families. Patients with schizophrenia could be distinguished on level of premorbid functioning, but not on symptom severity when using EE-profile scores. Analyses with the subscales of the EE index showed that profile differences could be attributes to `emotional overinvolvement' instead of `criticism'. This finding suggests that current research promotes biased image formation with regard to the EE-concept and parent-patient relationship. It is recommended that the EE-concept be analyzed with regard to its constituent components.