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Front. Psychiatry | doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00847

A transnosographic Self-Assessment of Social Cognitive Impairments (ACSo): first data

Jérôme Graux1, 2*,  Alix Thillay1,  Vivien Morlec1, Pierre-Yves Sarron1, Sylvie Roux2,  Gaudelus Baptiste3, Zelda Prost3,  Lindsay Brénugat-Herné4, Isabelle Amado4, Shasha Morel-Kohlmeyer1, 2, Emmanuelle Houy-Durand1, 2,  Nicolas Franck3, 5, Isabelle Carteau-Martin1, Charlotte Danset-Alexandre4 and  ELODIE PEYROUX3
  • 1Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Tours, France
  • 2INSERM U1253Imagerie et Cerveau (iBrain), France
  • 3Reference Center for Cognitive Remediation and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (SUR-CL3R), France
  • 4INSERM U1266 Institut de Psychiatrie et Neurosciences de Paris, France
  • 5UMR5229 Institut des sciences cognitives Marc Jeannerod, France

Social cognition refers to the mental operations underlying social interactions. Given the major role of social cognitive deficits in the disability associated with severe psychiatric disorders, they therefore constitute a crucial therapeutic target. However, no easily understandable, transnosographic self-assessment scale evaluating the perceived difficulties is available. This study aimed to analyze the psychometric qualities of a new self-administered questionnaire (ACSo) assessing subjective complaints in different domains of social cognition from 89 patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, bipolar disorders or autism. The results revealed satisfactory internal validity and test-retest allowing the computation of a total score along with 4 sub scores (attributional biases, social perception and knowledge, emotional perception and theory of mind). Moreover, the ACSo total score was found correlated with other subjective assessments traditionally used in cognitive remediation practice but not with objective neuropsychological assessments of social cognition. In sum, the ACSo is of interest to complete the objective evaluation of social cognition processes with a subjective assessment adapted to people with serious mental illness or autism spectrum disorder.

Keywords: social cognition, Self-assessment scale, Schizophrenia, Autism (ASD), bipolar disorder, neurocognitive insight

Received: 26 Jul 2019; Accepted: 25 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Graux, Thillay, Morlec, Sarron, Roux, Baptiste, Prost, Brénugat-Herné, Amado, Morel-Kohlmeyer, Houy-Durand, Franck, Carteau-Martin, Danset-Alexandre and PEYROUX. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: MD, PhD. Jérôme Graux, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Tours, Tours, France,