This study aims to describe the independent life skills from a sample of psychosocial care network users in the state of Rio Grande do Sul indicating the areas of higher and lower performances.
The sample comprises 390 users. For rating the amount of everyday life skills from the psychiatric patients, we applied the Independent Living Skills Survey (ILSS) scale, which evaluates the users regarding 9 everyday day life activities. The analyses were run by the statistic package Stata 11 and were presented as descriptive statistics.
The global score for independent living skills was 2.44 with a standard deviation SD=0.90. The fields with highest score were those related to feeding, personal cares and transportation. Those with lower scores were related to job, recreation and money management.
The independent living skills among the individuals included in this study were higher than among previous studies on the subject.
personal autonomy; independent life; mental health; community mental health services; ILSS-BR