Caplan and Hall-McCorquodale (1984) reviewed major clinical journals and found that two thirds of the authors attributed responsibility for a total of 72 different types of psychopathology in children to their mothers and noted they have been called 'neglectful, schizophrenogenic
, narcistic, nonempathic'.
374-375) listed the following combination of processes, characteristic of schizophrenogenic
interactions: 1) Involvement in an intense relationship where accurate discrimination of the message has vital importance for the individual; 2) the other person expresses two orders and one of these denies the other; 3) the individual cannot react to the contradictory messages (cannot metacommunicate).
Hopefully, the psychosocial explanations for eating disorders will go the way of the schizophrenogenic
mother, and effective pharmacologic treatments will become available.