Relationship between life satisfaction and quality of life in Turkish nursing school students

Authors

  • Yasemin Yildirim PhD, RN,

    1. Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Ege University of Nursing Faculty, Izmir, Bornova
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  • Serap Parlar Kilic PhD, RN,

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    1. Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Gaziantep University of Health Sciences, Gaziantep, Turkey
    • Correspondence address: Serap Parlar Kılıc, Department of Internal Medicine Nursing Sehitkamil, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey. Email: serap.parlar@mynet.com

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  • Asiye Durmaz Akyol PhD, RN

    1. Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Ege University of Nursing Faculty, Izmir, Bornova
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between life satisfaction and quality of life of nursing students. This descriptive and cross-sectional study was conducted with a research population of 396 nursing students who received education at a school of nursing. The research data were collected between May and June of the 2007–2008 academic year. The data collection tools included “Student Description Form,” Life Satisfaction Scale, and WHOQOL-BREF (TR) Quality of Life (QOL) Scale. The mean score of life satisfaction was 22.90 ± 5.74. Participants' QOL mean scores were 67.16 ± 15.29 in the physical domain, 64.33 ± 14.72 in the psychological domain, 62.81 ± 19.12 in the social relationships domain, and 60.59 ± 12.59 in the environmental domain. There was a significant correlation between life satisfaction and the four main domains of quality of life scores (P < 0.05) and that there was a significant positive correlation between life satisfaction and quality of life among nursing students. In addition, it was determined that being a nursing student had a positive effect on students' life satisfaction and quality of life. Therefore, the education system is recommended to be redesigned in such a way as to make students more active and to improve their life satisfaction and quality of life.

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