Quality of Life and Severe and Persistent Mental Illness: A Pilot Study

Heather Duval (2010)

This paper presents a pilot study examining the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. The investigator was interested in clients' perceived quality of life compared to the perspectives of two treatment providers in the clients' lives. Quality of life was assessed using The Wisconsin Quality of Life Index (Becker, Diamond, & Sainfort, 1993). Participants were accessed through a group home in Florida. Results of the study demonstrated that the individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder rated their overall quality of life higher than did their treatment providers. Moreover, there were significant differences between the clients' and the providers' treatment goals. The results of this pilot study have several implications with regard to treatment and future research.