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Type: Journal article
Title: Do people with schizophrenia lack emotional intelligence?
Author: Dawson, S.
Kettler, L.
Burton, C.
Galletly, C.
Citation: Schizophrenia Research and Treatment, 2012; Online:1-8
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 2090-2093
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Sara Dawson, Lisa Kettler, Cassandra Burton and Cherrie Galletly
Abstract: Social cognition is a domain of cognitive function that includes the ability to understand and manage social interactions. Emotional intelligence (EI) has been identified as a component of social cognition and is defined as the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions. Neurocognitive impairments are known to be associated with poorer social function in people with schizophrenia, but less is known about the relationships between EI, neurocognition, and social function. The current study assessed EI using the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) in 20 people with schizophrenia and 20 controls. The schizophrenia group had significantly lower scores on all measures of EI and demonstrated poorer neurocognition and social functioning than controls. The difference between schizophrenia and control groups was greatest for the Understanding Emotions Branch of the MSCEIT. The neurocognition score and total EI score accounted for 18.3% of the variance in social function in the control group and 9.1% of the variance in social function in the schizophrenia group. Our results suggest that a total EI score is not a useful predictor of overall social function and it may be more clinically useful to develop an individual profile of social cognitive abilities, including EI, to form a remediation program.
Description: Extent: 8 p.
Rights: Copyright © 2012 Sara Dawson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0020127183
DOI: 10.1155/2012/495174
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