Aspects of alcohol use disorder affecting social cognition as assessed using the Mini Social and Emotional Assessment (mini-SEA)

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Cox, Sharon, Bertoux, Maxime, Turner, J., Moss, Antony, Locker, Kirsty and Riggs, Kevin 2018. Aspects of alcohol use disorder affecting social cognition as assessed using the Mini Social and Emotional Assessment (mini-SEA). Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 187, pp. 165-170.
AuthorsCox, Sharon, Bertoux, Maxime, Turner, J., Moss, Antony, Locker, Kirsty and Riggs, Kevin
Abstract

Background

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is associated with problems with processing complex social scenarios. Little is known about the relationship between distinct AUD-related factors (e.g., years of problematic drinking), aspects of cognitive function and dysfunction in individuals diagnosed with AUD, and the relative impact these may have on social cognition.
Aims

To explore differences in social cognition between a group of participants diagnosed with AUD and controls, using a clinical measure, the Mini Social and Emotional Assessment (mini-SEA). The mini-SEA was used to evaluate social and emotional understanding through a facial emotional recognition task and by utilising a series of social scenes some of which contain a faux pas (social error).
Methods

Eighty-five participants (individuals with AUD and controls) completed demographic questions and a general cognitive and social cognitive test battery over three consecutive days.
Results

Between group analyses revealed that the participants with AUD performed less well on the faux pas test, and differences were also revealed in the emotional facial recognition task. Years of problematic alcohol consumption was the strongest predictor of poor ToM reasoning.
Conclusion

These results suggest a strong link between AUD chronicity and social cognition, though the direction of this relationship needs further elucidation. This may be of clinical relevance to abstinence and relapse management, as basic social cognition skills and ability to maintain interpersonal relationships are likely to be crucial to recovery.

JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Journal citation187, pp. 165-170
ISSN03768716
Year2018
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.03.004
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.03.004
Publication dates
Online10 Apr 2018
Print01 Jun 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited31 Jul 2018
Accepted10 Apr 2018
Accepted10 Apr 2018
Copyright information© 2018 Elsevier
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