Journal article

The role of social relatedness and self-beliefs in social functioning in first-episode psychosis: Are we overestimating the contribution of illness-related factors?

Cesar Gonzalez-Blanch, Leonardo A Medrano, Sarah Bendall, Simon D'Alfonso, Daniela Cagliarini, Carla McEnery, Shaunagh O'Sullivan, Lee Valentine, John F Gleeson, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

European Psychiatry | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: Numerous research studies have demonstrated an association between higher symptom severity and cognitive impairment with poorer social functioning in first-episode psychosis (FEP). By contrast, the influence of subjective experiences, such as social relatedness and self-beliefs, has received less attention. Consequently, a cohesive understanding of how these variables interact to influence social functioning is lacking. METHOD: We used structural equation modeling to examine the direct and indirect relationships among neurocognition (processing speed) and social cognition, symptoms, and social relatedness (perceived social support and loneliness) and self-beliefs (self-efficacy an..

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Awarded by IDIVAL

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Funding Acknowledgements

The HORYZONS trial was supported by the Mental Illness Research Fund from the State Government of Victoria. C.G-B was supported by a Research Intensification Grant (INT/A19/02) from the IDIVAL. S.B. was supported by the McCusker Charitable Foundation (grant number N/A). S.O.S. was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1144563). M.A-J. was supported by a Career Development Fellowship (APP1082934) and by an Investigator Grant (APP1177235) from the National Health and Medical Research Council.