Social Functioning in Chinese College Students with and without Schizotypal Personality Traits: An Exploratory Study of the Chinese Version of the First Episode Social Functioning Scale

Y. Wang, Y.-H. Yeh, S.-M. Tsang, W.-H. Liu, H.-S. Shi, Z. Li, Y.-F. Shi, Y. Wang, Y.-N. Wang, S.S.Y. Lui, D.L. Neumann, Ho Keung David Shum, R.C.K. Chan

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Objectives:The First Episode Social Functioning Scale (FESFS) was designed to measure social functioning of young individuals with schizophrenia. The aim of this study was to validate a Chinese version of the FESFS in a sample of young Chinese adults.Method:The FESFS was translated to Chinese prior to being administered to 1576 college students. The factor structure, reliability, and validity of the scale were examined.Results:Two items were deleted after item analysis and the internal consistency of the whole scale was. 89. A six-factor structure was derived by exploratory factor analysis. The factors were interpersonal, family and friends, school, living skills, intimacy, and balance. Estimates of the structural equation model supported this structure, with Goodness of Fit Chi-Square ?2 = 1097.53 (p<0.0001), the root mean square error of approximation (RMSEA) = 0.058, and the comparative fit index (CFI) = 0.93. Scale validity was supported by significant correlations between social functioning factors scores and schizophrenia personality questionnaire (SPQ) scores. Individuals with schizotypal personality features presented poorer social functioning than those without schizotypal personality features.Conclusions:The Chinese revised version of the FESFS was found to have good psychometric properties and could be used in the future to examine social functioning in Chinese college students. © 2013 Wang et al.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere61115
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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