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Religiosity and Psychotic Ideation in Stable Schizophrenia: A Role for Empathic Perspective-Taking

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Servei de Salut Mental, Parc Taulí Hospital Universitari, CIBERSAM, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
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Unitat de Neurociència Traslacional, Parc Taulí Hospital Universitari, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
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Unitat d’Estadística i Avaluació, Institut d’Investigació i Innovació Parc Taulí, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
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Institut de Neurociències, Departament de Psiquiatria i Medicina Legal (Facultat de Medicina-Bellaterra Campus), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
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Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(2), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10020053
Received: 7 January 2020 / Revised: 29 January 2020 / Accepted: 3 February 2020 / Published: 5 February 2020
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 perspective- taking as a component of empathy. View Full-Text
Keywords: empathy; perspective-taking; mentalizing; religiosity; schizophrenia empathy; perspective-taking; mentalizing; religiosity; schizophrenia
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Duñó, R.; Oliva, J.C.; Tobeña, A.; Palao, D.; Labad, J. Religiosity and Psychotic Ideation in Stable Schizophrenia: A Role for Empathic Perspective-Taking. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 53.

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