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Relationship between the intensity of the symptoms of schizophrenia and well-being and with the sense of coherence

Krzysztof Staniszewski, Marta Adamczyk, Emilia Smużna, Agnieszka Sym, Łukasz Gawęda, Andrzej Kokoszka
Psychiatria 2009;6(3):75-81.

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Vol 6, No 3 (2009)
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Published online: 2009-12-09

Abstract


Introduction. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between the sense of coherence and subjective quality of life with severity of psychopatological symptoms in patients suffering from schizophrenia.
Material and methods. Ninety persons took part in this study, 36 women and 54 men, age from 19 to 67, mean: 42.59 (SD = 13.09); 74 persons were treated in psychiatric units, 28 were given help in environmental self-help centers, 6 persons were treated in private practice. The level of coherence was measured by Antonovsky ´s Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC-29), subjective quality of life by WHO-5 scale and the severity of psychopathological symptoms was measured by Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS).
Results and conclusions. There was a negative correlation between the severity of psychopathological symptoms measured by the PANSS scale and the sense of coherence measured by SOC-29. Correlations concerned the general syndromology factor, the positive, negative and depressive factors and the strongest were in case of the depressive factor and the general syndromology factor while in case of the positive factor the correlation was relatively slight. The negative correlation between the general subjective the feeling and psychopatological symptoms concerned only the depressive factor and the general syndromology factor to a very slight extent the positive factor. This result confirms in a limited extent scientifical reports about connections between the general feeling and the psychopathological symptoms in schizophrenia. At the same time the SOC-29 scale confirms its original aplication as a tool to asses depressive symptoms while possibly limited aplication in evaluating quality of life in relation to different psychopatological symptoms.

Abstract


Introduction. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between the sense of coherence and subjective quality of life with severity of psychopatological symptoms in patients suffering from schizophrenia.
Material and methods. Ninety persons took part in this study, 36 women and 54 men, age from 19 to 67, mean: 42.59 (SD = 13.09); 74 persons were treated in psychiatric units, 28 were given help in environmental self-help centers, 6 persons were treated in private practice. The level of coherence was measured by Antonovsky ´s Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC-29), subjective quality of life by WHO-5 scale and the severity of psychopathological symptoms was measured by Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS).
Results and conclusions. There was a negative correlation between the severity of psychopathological symptoms measured by the PANSS scale and the sense of coherence measured by SOC-29. Correlations concerned the general syndromology factor, the positive, negative and depressive factors and the strongest were in case of the depressive factor and the general syndromology factor while in case of the positive factor the correlation was relatively slight. The negative correlation between the general subjective the feeling and psychopatological symptoms concerned only the depressive factor and the general syndromology factor to a very slight extent the positive factor. This result confirms in a limited extent scientifical reports about connections between the general feeling and the psychopathological symptoms in schizophrenia. At the same time the SOC-29 scale confirms its original aplication as a tool to asses depressive symptoms while possibly limited aplication in evaluating quality of life in relation to different psychopatological symptoms.
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Keywords

schizophrenia; sense of coherence; subjective general feeling; psychopathological symptoms

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Title

Relationship between the intensity of the symptoms of schizophrenia and well-being and with the sense of coherence

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 6, No 3 (2009)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

75-81

Published online

2009-12-09

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2009;6(3):75-81.

Keywords

schizophrenia
sense of coherence
subjective general feeling
psychopathological symptoms

Authors

Krzysztof Staniszewski
Marta Adamczyk
Emilia Smużna
Agnieszka Sym
Łukasz Gawęda
Andrzej Kokoszka

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