The life skills profile: a measure assessing function and disability in schizophrenia

Schizophr Bull. 1989;15(2):325-37. doi: 10.1093/schbul/15.2.325.


We review limitations of representative measures of function and disability associated with schizophrenia and specify requirements of a suitable measure for service evaluation: It should reliably and validly assess constructs relevant to survival, function, and adaptation in the community. Additionally, it should be brief, comprise specific and jargon-free items assessing distinct behaviors, and therefore be capable of completion by family members and community housing managers as well as by professional staff. The initial development of such a measure, the 39-item Life Skills Profile (LSP), with its five scales, is described. We report data to suggest that it is likely to be a measure of considerable utility both in research studies and in defining and assessing clinical services.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychometrics
  • Schizophrenia / rehabilitation*
  • Schizophrenic Language
  • Schizophrenic Psychology*
  • Social Adjustment