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Title: Does theory of mind and empathy differ in patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia depending on the prevalence of psychopathic traits?
Author: Wilson, M.
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This review looks at the associations between psychopathy, schizophrenia, empathy and Theory of Mind (ToM). While an abundance of work has emerged exploring ToM abilities in people with schizophrenia and ToM and empathy abilities in people with psychopathy, in comparison, few studies to date have investigated the understanding of empathy in people with schizophrenia or how ToM and empathy manifest in people with a co-morbid diagnosis of schizophrenia and psychopathy. Existing literature on the theoretical backgrounds of the primary concepts (schizophrenia, psychopathic disorder, ToM and empathy) are examined before summarising how the literature has addressed how each relate to one another. Following a conclusion of the findings the review brings to a close with a discussion of methodological and conceptual issues, suggestions for future research and a consideration of the clinical implications involved.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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