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Keywords:

  • daily life;
  • psychopathology;
  • quality of life;
  • schizophrenia;
  • self-recoverability

Aim:  A new scale has been developed to assess the self-recoverability in the daily life of people with schizophrenia. Self-recoverability in daily life includes coping with stress events and taking care of one's mental and physical health. The new scale, called Self-Recoverability in Daily Life (SRDL), is a semi-structured instrument with 10 items. The aim of the present study was therefore to test the scale accordingly.

Methods:  A total of 57 subjects who were outpatients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder as defined by DSM-IV, were enrolled in the study. The SRDL scale was assessed with four other scales: the World Health Organization Quality Of Life (WHO-QOL)-26, the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) for health state, the Drug-Induced Extrapyramidal Symptoms Scale (DIEPSS) and the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS).

Results:  The mean total score of the SRDL scale was positively correlated with both the WHO-QOL-26 and VAS, while the SRDL scale was negatively correlated with the BPRS total score.

Conclusion:  The SRDL scale may be useful for assessing living skills in the daily life of people with schizophrenia.