Emotional Intelligence in a Group of Patients with First-Episode Psychosis in Iran

  • Zahra Basseda Iranian Center for Neurological Research, Imam Khomeini Hospital, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Homayoun Amini Mail Department of Psychiatry, Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. AND Psychiatry and Psychology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Vandad Sharifi Department of Psychiatry, Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. AND Psychiatry and Psychology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Hosein Kaviani Department of Psychiatry, Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. AND Department of Psychology, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK.
  • Hamid Reza Pooretemad Department of Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran. AND Institute for Cognitive Sciences Studies, Tehran, Iran.
  • Asieh Zadbood Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Emotional intelligence, First-episode psychosis, Schizophrenia


This study was aimed to evaluate the Emotional Intelligence (EI) of a group of patients with first episode psychosis in Iran as compared with a healthy control group. A case-control design was used. EI was assessed using Persian version of Bar-On Emotional Quotient inventory (EQ-i) administered on 25 patients with history of a single psychotic episode in the last two years, as well as 64 healthy participants. The mean (±SD) of EI scores of patients' and healthy controls' group was 319.8 (±40.9) and 328.8 (±33.3), respectively. Two-independent sample t-test revealed no significant difference in the EI scores of two groups (P=0.29). In contrast with chronic schizophrenia, the patients with first-episode psychosis were not different from the healthy subjects in terms of emotional intelligence score. It might be implied that the low emotional intelligence of the patients with chronic psychotic disorders is an accumulative result of the underlying disease over time.


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How to Cite
Basseda Z, Amini H, Sharifi V, Kaviani H, Pooretemad HR, Zadbood A. Emotional Intelligence in a Group of Patients with First-Episode Psychosis in Iran. Acta Med Iran. 50(2):133-137.