Author(s)

Victoria Giordano

Date Approved

3-31-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dinzeo, Thomas

Subject(s)

Schizotypal personality disorder;Quality of life

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health

Abstract

Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia are typically found to engage in higher rates of poorer health behaviors, such as higher rates of smoking and poorer nutrition. Along with poorer health behaviors, individuals with schizophrenia tend to report a lower quality of life than an individual without a schizophrenia diagnosis. Our study chose to look at schizotypy, or sub-clinical schizophrenia, and its relation to quality of life and health behaviors. We found that individuals that measure high on the subclinical schizotypy scale tend to mirror the health and quality of life ratings of an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia - they are more likely to engage in poorer health behaviors (including higher rates of smoking) and to report a decreased quality of life than individuals who scored low on the schizotypy scale.

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