Troubles de l'organisation de la pensee dans la psychopathologie infantile

Translated title of the contribution: Organizational disorders in the mind of the psychopathic child

G. Masi, P. Pfanner, M. Marcheschi, P. Poli

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Aim of this paper is to analyze general mechanisms of cognitive disfunctioning in different psychopathological situations. Six levels of cognitive disfunctioning are described, that represent a sort of general cognitive psychopathology: 1) metacognitive disfunctioning (that is defective utilization of cognitive resources); 2) cognitive disharmony (excessive eterogeneity in the different parts of cognitive structure); 3) oscillating reasoning (reduced temporal coherence of cognitive functioning, with excessive changes from one phase to another); 4) delay of reasoning organization (general hypotrophic development of cognitive structure); 5) cognitive disorganization (general distortion and imbalance of cognitive structure); 6) evolution to an intellectual disability (global impairment of cognitive structure and function). These levels can represent different phases in the developmental course of these psychopathological diseases.

Translated title of the contributionOrganizational disorders in the mind of the psychopathic child
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)472-480
Number of pages9
JournalAnnales Medico-Psychologiques
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Assessment of intellectual functioning
  • Cognitive psychopathology
  • Developmental disorders
  • Intellectual development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)


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