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The Role of Personal Narratives between Insight and Life Satisfaction among People with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

[Speaker] Chio, Floria H. N.:1
[Co-author] Mak, Winnie W. S.:1
1:The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Insight has been linked to improved clinical outcomes and medication adherence as well as increased hopelessness and reduced mental health. The present study examined the moderating role of personal narratives (i.e., how individuals subjectively make sense of their illness and appraise their sense of self) in the relationship between insight of the disorder with life satisfaction. 186 individuals with recent-onset schizophrenia spectrum disorders were interviewed three times in one year with semi-structured interviews in addition to self-report questionnaires. Results showed that after controlling for positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia spectrum disorders, personal narratives moderated the relationship between insight and life satisfaction. Findings highlighted the importance of personal narratives in enhancing life satisfaction. In addition to clinical symptoms and insight to the disorder, personal understanding and meaning about their identity and their illness matter in the subjective well-being of individuals in recovery of schizophrenia.
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