Controversy exists as to the cognitive, emotional and behavioral consequences of lack of insight for persons with schizophrenia. This study tested a mediation model of the relations between insight into mental illness, hope, and the aspects of quality of life of persons with schizophrenia. According to this model, insight into mental illness may impact negatively on the quality of life of persons with schizophrenia by reducing these persons' hope. Sixty persons with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder completed questionnaires that assessed their insight, quality of life, and hope. The study's results show that for six of seven aspects of quality of life and for general awareness of illness, the above-hypothesized mediation model was confirmed. These results suggest that increasing the hope of persons with schizophrenia may directly and positively increase both their quality of life and the usefulness of their insight into their illness.
- Quality of life