Observable Social Cognition: A Rating Scale: An Interview-Based Assessment for Schizophrenia Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Healey, Kristin Michelle
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Individuals with schizophrenia consistently show impairments in social cognition (SC). Current SC measures are hampered by methodological issues that limit use of SC as a viable treatment target. An alternative assessment method is to administer a scale incorporating an informant's impressions. The Observable Social Cognition: A Rating Scale (OSCARS) was administered to 62 outpatients and 50 non-psychiatric controls (NPCs) to assess SC performance. OSCARS demonstrated sufficient internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Construct validity was assessed through exploratory factor analysis. Patient OSCARS scores were not significantly correlated with measures of SC, with the exception of aggressive attributional style. Results indicated individuals with less impairment in SC reacted more aggressively to ambiguous situations. Control OSCARS scores were significantly correlated with measures of theory of mind and attributional style. In patients, OSCARS was significantly correlated with several measures of functioning and neurocognition. Implications for using OSCARS as an outcome measure will be discussed.
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  • Penn, David L.
  • Master of Arts
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  • 2013

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