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Theory of Mind and Social Competence in Children and Adolescents With Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Elizabeth Stewart, Cathy Catroppa, Linda Gonzalez, Deepak Gill, Richard Webster, John Lawson, Mark Sabaz, Anna Mandalis, Belinda Barton, Samantha McLean, Suncica Lah



OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study was to examine theory of mind (ToM) and its relationship to social competence in children and adolescents with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). The secondary aim was to explore the relationship between ToM, social competence, epilepsy variables, and executive functioning (EF). METHOD: Twenty-two children and adolescents (8-16 years old) with TLE and 22 typically developing controls completed two advanced behavioural tests of ToM (faux-pas, strange stories), measures of EF and verbal IQ. Parents completed questionnaires assessing ToM and social competence of their child. Epilepsy variables were obtained from treating neurologists and interviews with paren..

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