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Awareness of illness and outcome in schizophrenia

  • A. Rossi
  • L. Arduini
  • P. Prosperini
  • A. Kalyvoka
  • P. Stratta
  • E. Daneluzzo
Original paper

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether awareness of illness affects specific measures of outcome in schizophrenia. Patient awareness was evaluated using a shortened version of the Scale to Assess Unawareness of Mental Disorder (SUMD). Patient outcome was assessed by means of the Strauss-Carpenter scale. Our findings indicate that lack of awareness of “negative symptoms” has a considerable impact on outcome: in fact “Social Contacts” highly correlated with Blunt Affect, Anhedonia and Asociality items on the SUMD. Lack of awareness seems then to be a powerful predictor of poor outcome.

Key words Awareness of illness Outcome Schizophrenia 

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© Steinkopff Verlag 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Rossi
    • 1
  • L. Arduini
    • 1
  • P. Prosperini
    • 1
  • A. Kalyvoka
    • 1
  • P. Stratta
    • 1
  • E. Daneluzzo
    • 1
  1. 1.Unità Operativa di Psicologia Clinica ”Villa Serena”, Viale L. Petruzzi 19, I-65013 Città S. Angelo (PE), Italy, E-mail: a.rossi@villaserena.it, Tel.: +39-085-9590267, Fax: +39-085-9590400IT

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