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An Analysis of Social Competence in Schizophrenia

  • Alan S. Bellack (a1), Randall L. Morrison (a2), John T. Wixted (a2) and Kim T. Mueser (a2)

Twenty-one schizophrenics with prominent negative symptoms were compared with 37 schizophrenics without them, 33 patients with major affective disorder and 20 non-patient controls on a battery of measures including a role-play test of social skills, the Social Adjustment Scale, and the Quality of Life Scale. The negative schizophrenics were most impaired on every subscale of each measure, followed in order by the non-negative schizophrenics, affective disorder patients, and non-patient controls. The social skill measures were not correlated with positive symptom levels, but were highly correlated with measures of community functioning. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that social dysfunction results from focal deficits in social skills.

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An Analysis of Social Competence in Schizophrenia

  • Alan S. Bellack (a1), Randall L. Morrison (a2), John T. Wixted (a2) and Kim T. Mueser (a2)
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