Are relational style and neuropsychological performance predictors of social attributions in chronic schizophrenia?

Gary Donohoe, Ilaria Spoletini, Nicola McGlade, Caragh Behan, Judy Hayden, Therese O'Donoghue, Rosie Peel, Farhan Haq, Christopher Walker, Eadbhard O'Callaghan, Gianfranco Spalletta, Michael Gill, Aiden Corvin

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Attributional style is defined as the pervasive tendency to explain the cause of social actions in terms of oneself, or others, or the context of the event. While the clinical correlates of this aspect of social cognition have been widely researched, its links with relationship style and neuropsychological performance, although hypothesised, have received less attention. This study investigated whether attributional style is predicted by variance in either relationship style or neuropsychological performance in schizophrenia. We assessed attributional style (using the Internal, Personal and Situational Attributions Questionnaire [IPSAQ]), relationship style (using Bartholomew and Horowitz's Relationship Questionnaire), and neuropsychological function (using the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence, athe Wechsler Memory Test, and the Cambridge Automated Test Battery) in 73 stabilised outpatients with chronic schizophrenia and 78 controls matched for age and gender. 'Externalising bias' (attributing positive rather than negative events to oneself) was predicted by verbal ability in both patients and controls. 'Personalising bias' (attributing negative events to others rather than to situational factors) was predicted by higher secure relationship style ratings, but only in the patient group. This study highlights the importance of relationship style and neuropsychological performance for different aspects of attributional style in schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 30 2008


  • Logical memory
  • Relationship style
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social attributions
  • Social cognition
  • Verbal IQ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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