Religiosity and psychotic ideation in stable schizophrenia: A role for empathic perspective-taking

Rosó Duñó*, Joan Carles Oliva, Adolf Tobeña, Diego Palao, Javier Labad

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Abstract

The relationship between religiosity and different components of empathy was explored in schizophrenia patients. A total of 81 stable schizophrenia patients and 95 controls from the nearby community completed self-reported questionnaires assessing religiosity and empathy (through the Interpersonal Reactivity Index, IRI). Patients with schizophrenia showed higher religiousness than controls and they presented less perspective-taking and empathic concern but increased personal distress in IRI scores. Regression analyses unveiled an association between religiosity and perspective-taking in schizophrenics after adjusting for age, gender, and psychotic symptoms. In conclusion, religiosity in patients with schizophrenia may be linked to variations in perspectivetaking as a component of empathy.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberbs10020053
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Empathy
  • Mentalizing
  • Perspective-taking
  • Religiosity
  • Schizophrenia

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