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J Nerv Ment Dis. 2009 Feb;197(2):133-5. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181963ede.

The meaning in life for hospitalized patients with schizophrenia.

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  • 1Lev Hasharon Mental Health Center, Tel-Aviv University, Netanya, Israel.

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  • J Nerv Ment Dis. 2009 May;197(5):381. Tali, Stolovy [corrected to Stolovy, Tali]; Rachel, Lev-Wiesel [corrected to Lev-Wiesel, Rachel]; Adiel, Doron [corrected to Doron, Adiel]; Marc, Gelkopf [corrected to Gelkopf, Marc].


This study investigated the relationship between the sense of meaning in life, quality of life, medical adherence, and duration of hospitalization among 60 inpatients at the Lev Hasharon Medical Center in Israel. Participants included men and women diagnosed with schizophrenia, whose psychiatric histories dated back at least 5 years. Participants were administered the following self-report questionnaires: Purpose In Life (Crumbaugh and Maholick, 1968), Condensed Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction (Ritsner et al., 2005), Drug Attitude Inventory (Hogan et al., 1983), and Beck Depression Inventory-Fast Screen (Beck et al., 1997a). Results indicated that purpose in life correlated positively with quality of life and medical adherence, whereas negatively with depression. Furthermore, purpose in life correlated positively with the duration of the current hospitalization. The results are discussed in terms of a process of attachment to the hospital as the sense of life purpose emerges.

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