Nature of Persecutors and Their Behaviors in the Delusions of Schizophrenia: Changes between the 1990s and the 2000s

Title
Nature of Persecutors and Their Behaviors in the Delusions of Schizophrenia: Changes between the 1990s and the 2000s
Author
김대호
Keywords
Schizophrenia; Delusions; Culture; Cultural psychiatry; Symptoms
Issue Date
2012-12
Publisher
Young Cho Chung
Citation
Psychiatry Investigation, 2012, 9(4), P.319-324
Abstract
Objective Research suggests that the contents of delusions in schizophrenia are influenced by culture and social environment. However, few studies have investigated the chronological change of such delusions within a society To investigate specifically the changes in the persecutory delusions of schizophrenia that have occurred over time, we compared the nature of the persecutors and their persecutory behaviors among inpatients with schizophrenia. Methods All admissions to the psychiatric unit of Hanyang University Guri Hospital with discharge diagnoses of schizophrenia during two different five-year time frames (1996-2000 and 2006-2010) were reviewed. From their inpatient medical records, we investigated the descriptions of persecutors and their persecutory behaviors in the delusions of 124 patients (54 in the 1990s and 72 in the 2000s). Results Overall, persecutory behaviors and nature of persecutors in the delusions of schizophrenia did not differ between the two time frames. However, subgroup analysis revealed that in women but not in men, rejection as a persecutory behavior was significantly higher in the 1990s (p<0.05). Conclusion The ten-year time interval may be too short to find significant changes in delusional content in general. However, our additional finding in women may be a result of the tremendous change in status of Korean women during the last decade. Psychiatry Investig 2012;9:319-324
URI
http://psychiatryinvestigation.org/journal/view.php?doi=10.4306/pi.2012.9.4.319http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/51443
ISSN
1738-3684
DOI
10.4306/pi.2012.9.4.319
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