Social skills in schizophrenia: Assessing the relationship between social skills, psychopathology and community functioning

Halford W.K. and Hayes R.L. (1995) Social skills in schizophrenia: Assessing the relationship between social skills, psychopathology and community functioning. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 30 1: 14-19. doi:10.1007/BF00784429


Author Halford W.K.
Hayes R.L.
Title Social skills in schizophrenia: Assessing the relationship between social skills, psychopathology and community functioning
Journal name Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0933-7954
Publication date 1995-01-01
Year available 1995
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF00784429
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 14
End page 19
Total pages 6
Place of publication NEW YORK
Publisher SPRINGER VERLAG
Language eng
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract Social skills training (SST) has been widely used in attempts to rehabilitate chronic schizophrenic patients. The key assumption underlying SST is that social skills deficts are important determinants of the social isolation, poor social role functioning, and low quality of life characteristic of schizophrenic patients. To test this assumption, 89 patients meeting DSM-III-R criteria for schizophrenia were assessed on behavioural and self-report measures of social skills. A structured clinical interview, a self-report inventory of distress during social interaction, and self-monitoring of time in social interaction were used to assess social functioning. Positive psychotic symptoms were assessed in a standardised clinical interview. A structural equation modelling analysis showed that observed social skills predicted social functioning, and that this association was statistically independent of severity of psychotic symptoms. This finding is consistent with the hypothesis that social skills are important in the social functioning of patients with schizophrenia.
Keyword Psychiatry
Psychiatry
PSYCHIATRY, SCI
PSYCHIATRY, SSCI
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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