Social support and functional outcomes in an early intervention program

Schizophr Res. 2012 Sep;140(1-3):37-40. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2012.07.003. Epub 2012 Jul 23.


Objective: To examine social support at initiation of treatment of psychosis and after one year of treatment as predictors of functioning at five year follow-up.

Methods: Early social support was assessed for 132 patients. Follow-up assessments included number of weeks of full-time occupation, number of weeks on a disability pension and global assessment of functioning.

Results: One year ratings of social support better predicted occupational activity at follow-up than initial social support. Social support predicted functional outcomes independently of other early characteristics.

Conclusions: Findings support the importance of interventions to improve the level of support of individuals with psychotic disorders.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Early Intervention, Educational / methods*
  • Employment*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychotic Disorders / psychology*
  • Psychotic Disorders / therapy*
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult