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Laterality. 2004 Jul;9(3):325-37.

Hand preference in patients with allergy, juvenile cancer, and schizophrenia.

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  • 1Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.


Patients with allergy (n = 50), juvenile cancer (n = 50), and schizophrenia (n = 37), and nonpatient controls (n = 200) were asked to indicate their hand preferences on a 7-point scale (1 = left always, 7 = right always) for the 32-item Waterloo Handedness Questionnaire. Except for patients with schizophrenia, who exhibited a higher incidence of mixed hand preference, groups showed a clear rightward bias. Further analyses suggested that mixed hand preference in schizophrenia was evident more often for unskilled than skilled hand activities.

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