The interaction of electrodermal activity and expressed emotion in predicting symptoms in recent-onset schizophrenia

Academic Article


  • In the present study, expressed emotion (EE) was assessed among immediate family members of 94 recent-onset schizophrenia patients at initial study entry point, and patients' electrodermal activity (EDA) was measured without the presence of family members at a baseline outpatient stabilization assessment. Psychiatric symptoms were also rated, both at the baseline outpatient test and at 1-year follow-up. Electrodermal Activity√óExpressed Emotion interactions were observed at both test points. In each case, the highest levels of negative symptoms were observed among those who exhibited greater EDA and lived in a high-EE environment. These results support the view that the combination of high family EE and sympathetic nervous system arousal confer especially high risk for poor negative symptom outcomes. ¬© 2012 Society for Psychophysiological Research.
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  • Psychophysiology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Subotnik KL; Schell AM; Chilingar MS; Dawson ME; Ventura J; Kelly KA; Hellemann GS; Nuechterlein KH
  • Start Page

  • 1035
  • End Page

  • 1038
  • Volume

  • 49
  • Issue

  • 8