Schizotypy, depression, and anxiety in physical and social anhedonia

J Clin Psychol. 2009 Jul;65(7):695-708. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20577.


Social anhedonia is a more promising indicator of vulnerability to schizophrenia than physical anhedonia, both as assessed by Chapman scales. More broadly, the populations identified by these scales would have a propensity to different psychiatric disorders. This cross-sectional study examined the respective profiles of schizotypy, anxiety, and depression in French students with physical and social anhedonia, using psychometric and interview-based measures. Compared to controls (n=46), subjects with social anhedonia (n=19) reported higher schizotypal scores for interpersonal, paranoid, disorganization, and cognitive/perceptual dimensions, whereas subjects with physical anhedonia (n=35) had more extensive interpersonal deficits and paranoia. Both groups had more depressive and anxiety symptoms than controls, in particular subjects with social anhedonia.

MeSH terms

  • Affective Symptoms / complications*
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Anxiety Disorders / complications
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Depressive Disorder / complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Male
  • Psychometrics / methods*
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder / complications*
  • Social Behavior
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult