Hope in Psychiatric Patients


Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the re-evaluation of some fundamental aspects for the management of emotions and psychological dynamics. Hope and its lack are important factors that have been especially evaluated in caregivers and HCWs. Instead, our study aimed to explore hopelessness among psychiatric rehabilitation center residents with Primary Psychosis.

Methods: We recruited 116 inpatients affected by Primary Psychosis (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression disorder and personality disorder). Hopelessness was sought through the BHS, during the covid-19 pandemic period. They were compared with data from previous studies on HCWs (HealthCare Workers), in the same period, and in the same centre.

Results: The results obtained in this group of patients showed high total scores on the BHS scale (mean total score: 7.28±SD 3.73). These data are significantly higher than those found in HWs in the same pandemic period (mean total score: 3.74±SD 3.62). Among the different disorders the borderline personality disorder patients have presented the highest score (mean total score: 8.00±SD 3.50).

Conclusion: Understanding resident – and HCWs- level variations in hopelessness may be important for targeting interventions to improve the outcome of residential psychiatric patients.

Franza F, Zarrella A, Calabrese L, Ferrara I, Solomita B, Tavormina G. Hope in Psychiatric Patients: An Observational Study in a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. Psychiatr Danub. 2022 Sep;34(Suppl 8):60-63. PMID: 36170704.

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