Predictors of quality of life in old age: A cross-validation study†
Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 141–150, April 2007
How to Cite
Low, G. and Molzahn, A. E. (2007), Predictors of quality of life in old age: A cross-validation study. Res. Nurs. Health, 30: 141–150. doi: 10.1002/nur.20178
This research was funded by doctoral fellowships from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Social Science and Health Research Council of Canada. The authors acknowledge the contributions of the WHOQOL-OLD Group, who designed the original study. Dr. Anita Molzahn was the principal investigator of the Canadian WHOQOL-OLD Group center.
- Issue online: 22 MAR 2007
- Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 OCT 2006
- Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
- Health Research Council of Canada.
- quality of life;
- structural equation modeling;
- nursing care and assessment;
- model building
A replication study was undertaken to validate a model of quality of life (QOL) generated in an earlier study on a random sample of 202 older adults. Pathways found to be significant were retested using QOL data from a convenience sample of 420 older adults. Using path analysis, we found that financial resources, health, and meaning in life directly and positively influenced QOL. Health, emotional support, and the physical environment indirectly affected QOL through purpose in life. All but one pathway were replicated, explaining 50.5% of the variance in QOL. Further explorations of the influence of spirituality, emotionally close ties, and opportunities for active engagement on QOL in older age are warranted. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 30: 141–150, 2007