Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 54, Issue 7, pp 978–982 | Cite as

Differences in Symptom Severity and Independent Living Skills Between Re-hospitalized and Not Re-hospitalized Individuals with Schizophrenia: A Longitudinal Study

  • Peter Ji
  • Anthony Menditto
  • Niels C. Beck
  • Paul R. Stuve
  • Jason Reynolds
Brief Report


This study determined if schizophrenia symptom severity and independent living skills at discharge, or while residing in the community, predicted re-hospitalization for discharged patients with schizophrenia. A total of 60 patients were discharged from a state psychiatric hospital and had completed assessments at discharge, 6 months, and 1 year post discharge. There were 12 patients who were re-hospitalized. There were no differences between the re-hospitalized and not re-hospitalized groups based on third-party ratings of schizophrenia symptom severity and independent living skills. However, the patients’ self-report and third party ratings of deteriorating general mental health symptoms 6 months after discharge predicted re-hospitalization.


Schizophrenia Rehospitalization Symptom severity Independent living skills 


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Conflict of interest

Authors Peter Ji, Anthony Menditto, Niels Beck, Paul Stuve and Jason Reynolds declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Adler UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryFulton State Hospital and University of MissouriFultonUSA

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