A review of social cognition assessments for persons with schizophrenia in a chinese population

P. M.T. Lo, Man Hong Andrew Siu

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Social cognitive functioning has been identified as an important predictor of various aspects of functional capacity and real-world outcomes among persons with schizophrenia. For this reason, the number of research studies on social cognition in schizophrenia has grown substantially in the recent 5 to 10 years worldwide. However, it remains a great challenge to develop valid and reliable tests for comprehensive evaluation of social cognition, and few tests have been translated or adapted for use with Chinese populations. This chapter reviewed 10 social cognitive assessments, summarized the strengths and weaknesses of these assessments and proposed a battery that could provide a quick assessment of multiple social cognitive domains. Of the 10 tests reviewed, there are relatively more assessments on emotion perception (EP), followed by theory-of-mind (ToM) and attributional style (AS). A number of limitations in current instrument for assessing social cognition in Chinese persons with schizophrenia were identified. For example, many instruments assessing EP do not use neutral facial expression photos in test and the genders of posers in test photos were not balanced. For instruments assessing ToM and AS, Hinting task and Ambiguous Intentions Hostility Questionnaire appear to possess fair to good psychometric properties. These instruments, however, were not available in Chinese. Lastly, a major concern in clinical utilization of these assessments was the lack of practicability as few clinical settings could afford the time to conduct several assessments to assess a person's social cognitive ability. This paper proposed to translate, adapt and validate two social cognitive assessments to form a set of assessment that covers key domains of social cognition. Preliminary validation results were presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Social Cognition
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Perspectives and Cultural Differences
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781536131611
ISBN (Print)9781536131604
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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