Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 399–417 | Cite as

Predictors of Quality of Lifein Schizophrenia

  • Jean Caron
  • Yves Lecomte
  • Emmanuel Stip
  • Suzanne Renaud

Abstract

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.

Key words

schizophrenia quality of life social support stressful events coping. 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Caron
    • 1
  • Yves Lecomte
    • 2
  • Emmanuel Stip
    • 3
  • Suzanne Renaud
    • 4
  1. 1.Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Douglas Hospital Research CentreMcGill UniversityQcCanada
  2. 2.ProfessorTélé-UniversitéMontréal
  3. 3.Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Centre de recherche Fernand Séguin Université de MontréalMontréal
  4. 4.Psychiatrist and Medical Practitioner in the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal Hospital Centre Université de MontréalMontréal
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryDouglas Hospital Research Centre(Qc)Canada

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