Background: Schizophrenia is a severe mental disability disorder that affects all life aspects,
including life functioning, general well-being, and overall life skills resulting in prominent impairments
in life functioning.
Objectives: The objective of the study was to assess life skills and disabilities and its correlates among
Jordanian patients with schizophrenia.
Methods: A cross-sectional correlational design was used. A convenience sampling technique was
used to recruit 250 hospitalized patients with schizophrenia. Data were collected using a questionnaire
that consisted of demographic variables, Life Skills Profile, Global Assessment of Functioning, and
Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale.
Results: The level of disability in life skills was 89.23. The highest disability level was observed in
social contact and in communication domains, and the lowest level was in the responsibility domain.
The disability levels regarding family history of psychiatric illness, marital and employment status,
and the number of previous hospitalizations were statistically different (p < .05). The presence of negative
symptoms, global assessment of functioning, psychopathology symptoms, duration of treatment,
and positive symptoms were identified as predictors of the disability in life skills and accounted for
65% of the total variance.
Conclusion: Planning and conducting life skills programs that help enhance the communication and
social interaction are required to improve life skills.