Emotion recognition and social competence in chronic schizophrenia

Kim T. Mueser, Robert Doonan, David L. Penn, Jack J. Blanchard, Alan S. Bellack, Pallavi Nishith, Jose DeLeon

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Abstract

This study evaluated (a) whether chronic, medicated schizophrenia patients show deficits in emotion recognition compared to nonpatients, and (b) whether deficits in emotion recognition are related to poorer social competence. Two emotion recognition tests developed by S. L. Kerr and J. M. Neale (1993) and Benton's Test of Facial Recognition (A. Benton, M. VanAllen, K. Hamsher, and H. Levin, 1978) were given to patients with chronic schizophrenia and nonpatient controls. Patients' social skills, social adjustment, and symptomatology were assessed. Like Kerr and Neale's unmedicated patients, these patients performed worse than controls on both emotion recognition tests and the control test. For patients, facial perception was related to the chronicity of illness and social competence. Chronicity of illness may contribute to face perception deficits in schizophrenia, which may affect social competence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-275
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume105
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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