Social cognition in early-onset schizophrenia: performance compared to schizoaffective disorder, genetic high risk, and controls Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Lewis, Shannon Miramanee
    • Affiliation: School of Education
  • There is a significant body of literature on the social cognitive deficits in adults with schizophrenia, and little information describing the social cognitive functioning of children and adolescents with early-onset schizophrenia. The purpose of this study was to investigate: (1) factors impacting social cognition and (2) the social cognitive abilities of youth with early-onset schizophrenia by comparing their performance on the Eyes test to (a) controls, (b) genetically high-risk youth, and (c) youth with early-onset schizoaffective disorder. The study drew from data in the Conte and TEOSS studies, which included measures of social cognition and attention for 176 youth. A Pearson correlation and analysis of variance was used to identify variables impacting social cognition. An analysis of covariance was used to examine social cognition in youth with schizophrenia after controlling for extraneous factors. Results indicated age and attention as covariates, and significant social cognitive deficits in youth with schizophrenia.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Arts in the School of Education (School Psychology)."
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