Journal article

Empathic abilities in people with schizophrenia

Emre Bora, Sezen Goekcen, Baybars Veznedaroglu

PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Although the existence of empathy deficits in schizophrenia is generally accepted, very few studies have directly investigated the issue. The nature of empathy deficits in healthy subjects and psychiatric patients is an understudied subject. The performances of the 30 outpatients with schizophrenia on a psychometric measure, the Empathy Quotient (EQ), were compared with those of 30 control subjects matched for age, duration of education and gender. The relatives or spouses of the patients also filled out the EQ. A neuropsychological battery, including emotion recognition, emotional reasoning and theory of mind tasks, was also administered. Schizophrenia patients had severe empathy dysfunctio..

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