Title: Evaluation of the association between insight and symptoms in a large sample of patients with schizophrenia
Authors: De Hert, Marc ×
Simon, V
Vidovic, D
Franic, T
Wampers, Martien
Peuskens, Joseph
van Winkel, Ruud #
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: Editions scientifiques Elsevier
Series Title: European Psychiatry vol:24 issue:8 pages:507-512
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The objective of the present study was to examine the association of insight into the illness with demographic variables and symptomatology in a sample of 1213 patients with schizophrenia. METHOD: Data were collected with the Psychosis Evaluation tool for Common use by Caregivers (PECC), a semi-structured interview evaluating five symptom domains of schizophrenia and the insight items 'awareness of having a mental disorder' and 'attributing symptoms to a mental disorder'. RESULTS: Insight was positively associated with educational level and inversely with overall symptom severity, and the positive, negative, excitatory and cognitive symptom domains. At symptom level, the items 'delusions', 'grandiosity', 'poor rapport', 'social withdrawal' and 'guilt feelings' showed the strongest associations with both insight items. Overall, correlations between insight and symptomatology were modest, explaining less than 30% of the variance in insight. CONCLUSION: Lack of insight in schizophrenia is partially explained by clinical symptoms and demographic measures.
ISSN: 0924-9338
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:University Centre Sint Jozef (-)
Research Group Psychiatry
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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