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Small Study: LSP May Reliably Assess Functioning In Adolescents With Schizophrenia

posted Mar 23, 2013, 4:11 PM by Will Martin
Medwire (3/22, Grasmo) reports, "Researchers have identified the Life Skills Profile (LSP) as a brief, reliable scale for assessing real-world functioning in adolescents with early-onset schizophrenia (EOS)." The study, published in the April issue of the journal Schizophrenia Research, "reviewed the validity of the LSP for assessing daily living skills in 53 clinically and pharmacologically stabilized adolescent patients with EOS (diagnosis of schizophrenia in 79.2% and schizoaffective disorder in 20.8%) relative to 53 healthy control individuals." In addition, "the LSP was...found to be a sensitive instrument for distinguishing differences in functioning among schizophrenia patients and healthy control individuals, correctly classifying 84% of the study participants."