A Pilot Study to Assess the Effects of Spirituality on Social Functioning in People with Schizophrenia

Dolim, Shelby
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Previous research suggests that religious practices are associated with a higher-quality of life in both nonclinical and clinical samples. However, few studies have examined the association between religion and quality of life in samples of people with schizophrenia. In this study, we evaluated the relation between religiosity and quality of life in people with schizophrenia in Hawaii. Participants completed the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-5, the Social Functioning Scale, and Brief Multidimensional Measure of Religiousness/Spirituality scale (BMMRS). Data collection is ongoing, and preliminary findings suggest that people with schizophrenia who are involved in religious activities tend to have a higher quality of life than people with schizophrenia who are not involved in religious activities. Further investigation on the effects of spirituality in people with schizophrenia is important because it could determine practical lifestyle changes that may lead to a happier and healthier life.
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