Information processing and social competence in chronic schizophrenia

David L. Penn, Kim T. Mueser, William Spaulding, Debra A. Hope, Dorie Reed

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The relationship between social competence and information processing among individuals with chronic schizophrenia was investigated. Thirty-eight inpatients participated in a role play test of social competence and completed a battery of information-processing tasks. Information processing was found to be significantly related to social competence, even after controlling for patient demographics, chronicity, and symptomatology. Higher global social competence was related to more efficient early information processing on a continuous performance/span of apprehension task. Composite indices of specific social competence (i.e., paralinguistic and nonverbal skills) were related to other aspects of information processing (e.g., reaction time). Implications for behavioral assessment and cognitive rehabilitation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-281
Number of pages13
JournalSchizophrenia bulletin
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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