Predictors of quality of life in schizophrenia

Jean Caron, Yves Lecomte, Emmanuel Stip, Suzanne Renaud

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-417
Number of pages19
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Coping
  • Quality of life
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social support
  • Stressful events

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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