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Early Interv Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;10(1):77-80. doi: 10.1111/eip.12182. Epub 2014 Sep 9.

Social inference in individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA.
2
Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York, USA.
3
Department of Psychiatry, New York Harbor Healthcare System, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA.
4
School of Social Work, New York University, New York, New York, USA.
5
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Abstract

AIM:

Social cognition impairment is a hallmark of schizophrenia and contains multiple domains. The domain of social inference has been relatively understudied in schizophrenia and its risk states.

METHODS:

Social inference was assessed in 60 clinical high-risk (CHR) patients and 28 healthy control subjects, using the video social inference task. We hypothesized a deficit in social inference in CHR participants and examined predictive value for psychosis transition.

RESULTS:

Social inference was positively associated with increasing age. Social inference did not differ significantly between CHR patients and controls, or predict transition to psychosis.

CONCLUSIONS:

Few studies have examined social inference of individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis, and findings have been inconclusive. Additional studies using a variety of measures of social inference in CHR participants are recommended.

KEYWORDS:

clinical high risk; psychosis; social cognition; social inference

PMID:
25203733
DOI:
10.1111/eip.12182
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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