Prospective memory predicts the level of community living skills in schizophrenia

Raymond W.C. Au, Wai Kwong Man, Yu Tao Xiang, David Shum, Edwin Lee, Gabor S. Ungvari, Wai Kwong Tang

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Schizophrenia patients are known to have prospective memory (PM) deficits. There is no robust evidence showing that PM deficits have a major impact on community living skills in schizophrenia. The aim of this study was to examine the association between PM and community living skills in schizophrenia. Forty-four individuals with schizophrenia formed the study sample. Participants[U+05F3] psychopathology, prospective and retrospective memory, level of intelligence, and community living skills were measured with standardized instruments. In bivariate analyses, community living skills overall but not self-care correlated with PM total and subscales scores. In multivariate analyses, event-based PM was more predictive than time-based PM of the level of community living skills. In conclusion, PM has a significant impact on community living skills in schizophrenia and attention should be paid to this type of memory disturbance in rehabilitation of schizophrenia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-91
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2014


  • Community living skills
  • Prospective memory
  • Retrospective memory
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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