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Persecutory beliefs, attributions and theory of mind: comparison of patients with paranoid delusions, Asperger's syndrome and healthy controls

Craig, J S and Hatton, C and Craig, F B and Bentall, R P (2004) Persecutory beliefs, attributions and theory of mind: comparison of patients with paranoid delusions, Asperger's syndrome and healthy controls. Schizophrenia Research, 69 (1). pp. 29-33. ISSN 0920-9964

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Abstract

Schizophrenia patients with persecutory delusions and patients with Asperger's syndrome were compared using two measures of theory of mind (ToM; the ability to infer mental states in other people), the Hints task, and the Reading the Mind in the Eyes task, and a new measure of attributional style (style of inferring the causes of important events), the AttribUtional Style Structured Interview (ASSI). Paranoid beliefs were measured using Fenigstien and Variable's Paranoia Scale (PS). The deluded group had the highest scores on the Paranoia Scale but the scores of the Asperger's group's were higher than those of the controls. Paranoid patients made more external-personal attributions for negative events than the Asperger's and control groups. Both the paranoid and Asperger's groups performed poorly on the ToM tasks compared to the controls. The findings support the hypothesis that both ToM and attributional abnormalities contribute to paranoid delusions. The lack of attributional abnormalities in the Asperger's group suggests that their low-level paranoid symptoms arise as a consequence of different mechanisms than those involved in psychotic delusions. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Schizophrenia Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: theory of mind ; attribution ; Asperger's syndrome ; SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS ; SCHIZOPHRENIA ; STYLE ; PEOPLE
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 51763
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2011 16:49
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51763

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