Quality of Life Research

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 249-255

First online:

Is parental rearing an associated factor of quality of life in adulthood?

  • Jacques J. ZimmermannAffiliated withFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul Email author 
  • , Martin R. EisemannAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Tromsoe
  • , Marcelo P. FleckAffiliated withFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul

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To examine the hypothesis that favorable parental rearing is associated with better quality of life in adulthood.


Two hundred and ninety seven university students answered questions on quality of life (WHOQOL-BREF), parenting style (s-EMBU), coping strategies (Coping Strategies Inventory), life events (Social Readjustment Rating Scale) and depressive symptoms (Beck Depression Inventory). Data was analyzed by means of hierarchical multiple linear regression.


The remote variable of perceived child rearing practices was significantly associated with the quality of life of the students. Maternal emotional warmth was associated with two quality of life domains, psychological and social relationships, in addition to global quality of life.


These results strengthen the empirical notion that favorable parental care may be associated with better quality of life in adulthood.


Parental rearing Quality of life Depression Coping Life events