Paul Grant, Ph.D., and Aaron Beck, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania studied 123 adults who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Various scales were used to evaluate a number of the subjects’ characteristics, including social functioning, emotion perception, positive and negative symptoms, and negative beliefs about social functioning.
Psychiatric News reports, “Putting all these results together, it looks as if negative beliefs about a social life may be a major reason why people with schizophrenia don’t relish social interactions, the researchers concluded. ‘We propose that the patients’ asocial beliefs trump their need for social acceptance,’ they wrote."
“…[W]ould certain interventions help individuals with schizophrenia change their beliefs and this improve the social lives? The researchers think that they might.”