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Community Ment Health J. 2005 Aug;41(4):399-417.

Predictors of quality of life in schizophrenia.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University, 6875 LaSalle Blvd., Verdun, Qc, Canada, H4H 1R3.


The objective of this study was to clarify the relationships between socio-demographics, clinical characteristics, stressors, coping strategies, social support and quality of life (QOL) in 143 patients with a diagnosis of either schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders. The research design is cross-sectional with repeated measures on the same subjects after a 6-month interval. A regression analysis generated a model that accounts for 50% of the variance in QOL at Time 1 and 43% at Time 2. The best predictors of QOL were two components of social support: attachment and reassurance of worth. Severity of daily hassles, the coping strategy of changing the situation, level of education and life-time hospitalization length were also related to QOL.

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