COLOR PREFERENCE OF DSM-III-R BIPOLARS AND NORMAL CONTROLS
The value of color preference as a diagnostic sign was examined by comparing the data of manics, schizophrenics, and normal controls. The rank-order of preference for 8 color cards (blue, green, red, yellow, purple, brown, black, and grey) was determined for a group of 14 bipolar patients (diagnosed by DSM‐III- R) all of which currently showed manic symptoms and who also fulfilled the ICD-9 criteria for affective psychosis. The same data were obtained from 20 ICD-9 schizophrenics and from 29 normal controls (factory workers and psychiatric nurses). The analyses of variance showed no significant differences (p .05) between the 3 groups with respect to preference for any of the 8 colors. Clinicians are cautioned against the use of Luescher's Color Test as a diagnostic tool.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 January 1992
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