The Relationship between Irrational Beliefs and Quality of Life in Schizophrenic PatientsAuthor(s): Mahsa Kazemi, Atefeh Haghparast*, Fatemeh Jafari, Leila Neisi and Malihekabusi
Irrational beliefs are often caused by misunderstanding in schizophrenic patients. This causes high-risk and unnatural behaviors, and disrupts the function and quality of life of patients. Therefore, this study was performed to investigate the relationship between irrational beliefs and quality of life in schizophrenic patients. This descriptive correlational study was performed on 125 schizophrenic patients in 2019. The data collection tools included Irrational Belief Questionnaire (IBQ) and quality of life questionnaire for schizophrenic patients. The collected data were analyzed by SPSS- 21 statistical software using descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation) and inferential statistics (U Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis). The score of irrational beliefs and quality of life was 126.96 ± 14.12 and 91.91 ± 9.91, respectively. Spearman correlation coefficient test did not show a significant relationship between irrational beliefs and quality of life (r=-0.04, P=0.62).The results showed a high level of irrational beliefs and a low level of quality of life among the participants, but it did not show a significant relationship between these two variables, which can be due to other cultural and social factors. Therefore, it is necessary for health managers and planners to improve the quality of life of schizophrenic patients by strengthening support systems and providing rehabilitation services for schizophrenic patients.