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Psychiatry Investigation 2023;20(1):1-8.
DOI:    Published online January 25, 2023.
Sexuality and Quality of Life in Eastern Taiwan People With Schizophrenia
Mei Hua Chung1  , Jian-Kang Chao2,3  , Mi Chia Ma4  , Ru Wei Lin5 
1Graduate Institute of Bioresources, National Pingtung University of Science & Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan
2Department of Psychiatry, Yuli Branch, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Hualien, Taiwan
3Graduate School of Human Sexuality, Shu-Te University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
4Department of Statistics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
5Department of Plant Industry, National Pingtung University of Science & Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan
Correspondence: Jian-Kang Chao ,Tel: +886-3-8880137, Fax: +886-3-8882049, Email:
Received: April 6, 2022   Revised: June 2, 2022   Accepted: July 5, 2022   Published online: January 25, 2023
Patients with schizophrenia are living at the border of society and their sexuality is often neglected. The aim of the study is to explore the association among The Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), quality of life (QoL), Taiwanese Depression Questionnaire, and Sexual Desire Inventory in people with schizophrenia (PwS).
This study used a cross-sectional design with 277 psychiatric inpatients. A descriptive analysis, difference analysis, and logistic regression model were presented to identify relevant variables that may affect the probability of good QoL.
The study showed that male PwS had higher scores of standard deviation (SD) than females in PwS. The study also showed that smoking, early illness onset age, and shorter illness duration demonstrated a significantly higher SD. The logistic regression analysis showed that BPRS, depression, and SD significantly affected the probability of QoL. By structural equation model, SD would be positively correlated with mental status and SD would indirectly influence QoL.
Our results showed psychological and sociological factors interactions may contribute to the QoL and SD for PwS. This study also demonstrated a close relationship between SD, depression, and BPRS. These factors may predict the probability of good life quality for the PwS.
Key words   People with schizophrenia; Sexual desire; Depression; Quality of life; Brief psychiatric rating scale


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