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Saxman and Burk (1968), however, were more successful. They compared depressed schizophrenic in-patients with a normal control group from the general population, and each subject read a short passage aloud and gave a brief impromptu talk. There was no difference between the schizophrenic and control groups in fundamental frequency, but schizophrenic patients showed greater variability than the controls from moment to moment, though only in the reading task — where they were also slower than the controls.

The national changeover to North Sea gas may, of course, have been one significant factor (Kreitman, 1976), together with the general improvement in professional medical and psychiatric services (Barraclough, 1972), but there remained the possibility that the Samaritans had made at least some contribution. The first major study was by Bagley (1968), and it has become something of a classic. Suicide rates are published not for towns but for county boroughs, and what Bagley did was to compare the first county boroughs to have a Samaritans branch with fifteen matched controls where there was no branch.

G. (1972a) Attitudes towards person-person media. Communications Studies Group paper No. E/72011/CH. G. (1972b) Feeling towards media in group situations. Communications Studies Group paper No. E/72160/CH. G. (1973) The assessment of user reactions to confravision: II. Analysis and conclusions. Communications Studies Group paper No. E/73250/CH. 32 Communicating by Telephone CHERRY, C. (1971) World Communication: Threat or Promise! London: Wiley. A. (1974) A practical therapeutic use of the telephone.

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