Factor structure of emotional intelligence in schizophrenia

Yu chung Lin, Jonathan K. Wynn, Gerhard Hellemann, Michael F. Green

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Social cognition, which includes emotional intelligence, is impaired in schizophrenia. The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) is a widely-used assessment of emotional intelligence, with a four-factor structure in healthy individual. However, a recent factor analysis in schizophrenia patients revealed a two-factor structure of the MSCEIT. The current study aimed to replicate this finding in a larger, more diverse, schizophrenia sample (n = 194). Our findings revealed an identical two-factor structure as in the previously-reported study, indicating that emotional intelligence is organized in a different manner in schizophrenia than it is in healthy controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding for this study was provided by the National Institute of Mental Health grant MH043292 to Michael F. Green. The funding agency had no further role in the analysis or interpretation of data, in writing the report, or in the decision to submit the paper for publication.


  • Emotional intelligence
  • Factor analysis
  • Schizophrenia


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