Deficits in social schemata in schizophrenia

Patrick W. Corrigan, Charles J. Wallace, Michael F. Green

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Several recent studies have examined the manner in which social information is processed in an attempt to better understand the interpersonal functioning deficits of schizophrenia. In this study, the manner in which schizophrenic subjects represent social information, and the relationships between these social representations and measures of information processing, are examined. Specifically, 30 DSM-IIIR patients with schizophrenia and 15 normal controls were assessed on measures of social schema processing, information processing, and symptomalogy. Results showed that schizophrenic patients earned significantly lower schema processing scores than the normal comparison group. Schema deficits of the schizophrenia group were significantly associated with recall memory and vigilance. These findings suggest that deficits in the representation of social information provides a unique perspective for understanding the interpersonal dysfunctions of schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The authors thank Sally MacKain, Ph.D., Mark L. Schade, Ph.D., Patty Parlier-Cook, and Daniel Storzbach for help in data collection. The sample was obtained through the excellent cooperation of the staff and administration of Camarillo State Hospital. Funding for this project came from NIMH Grant MH-43292 to Dr. Green. Diagnostic training and symptom assessmentw ere supported by NIMH Clinical Research Grant MH-3091 I (R.P. Liberman, P.I.). The software for the Continuous Performance Test and Span of Apprehension was developed by Drs. Keith Nuechterlein and Robert Asarnow with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Network for Risk and Protective Factors in Major Mental Disorders.


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