Color preference of DSM-III-R bipolars and normal controls

M. L. D. Fernando1, Zack Z. Cernovsky1, R. Harricharan1
1University of Western Ontario, Canada
Cite this article:  Fernando, M. L. D., Cernovsky, Z. Z., & Harricharan, R. (1992). Color preference of DSM-III-R bipolars and normal controls. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 20(4), 247-250.

Volume 20 Issue 4 | e690 | Published: November 1992 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1992.20.4.247

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The value of color preference as a diagnostic sign was examined by comparing the data of patients experiencing mania or schizophrenia, 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 whom currently showed manic symptoms and who also fulfilled the ICD-9 criteria for affective psychosis. The same data were obtained from 20 ICD-9 patients with schizophrenia 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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