Gesture behavior in unmedicated schizotypal adolescents

Vijay A. Mittal*, Kevin D. Tessner, Amanda L. McMillan, Zainab Delawalla, Hanan D. Trotman, Elaine F. Walker

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Schizotypal personality disorder is characterized by interpersonal and verbal communication deficits. Despite the important role of gesture in social communication, no published reports examine the use of gesture by individuals with SPD. In this study, raters code gesture from videotaped interviews of unmedicated adolescents with SPD, other personality disorders, or no Axis II disorder. Results indicate that SPD adolescents show significantly fewer gestures but do not differ from the other groups in overall rate of movement. The findings are discussed in light of brain regions involved in dysfunction, parallels to schizophrenia, and treatment implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006


  • Gesture
  • Nonverbal
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizotypal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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