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Schizophr Bull. 1989;15(2):325-37.

The life skills profile: a measure assessing function and disability in schizophrenia.

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  • 1School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Australia.


We review limitations of representative measures of function and disability associated with schizophrenia and specify requirements of a suitable measure for service evaluation: It should reliably and validly assess constructs relevant to survival, function, and adaptation in the community. Additionally, it should be brief, comprise specific and jargon-free items assessing distinct behaviors, and therefore be capable of completion by family members and community housing managers as well as by professional staff. The initial development of such a measure, the 39-item Life Skills Profile (LSP), with its five scales, is described. We report data to suggest that it is likely to be a measure of considerable utility both in research studies and in defining and assessing clinical services.

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