Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 181–200

Quality of Life Assessment for Physical Activity and Health Promotion

Authors

    • Department of KinesiologyUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Yu-Kai Chang
    • Graduate Institute of Coaching ScienceNational Taiwan Sport University
  • Karen M. Murphy
    • Department of KinesiologyUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Kathryn M. Speed
    • Department of KinesiologyUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Cara C. Hammond
    • Department of KinesiologyUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Enid A. Rodriguez
    • Department of KinesiologyUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MinJeong Lyu
    • Kyungnam University
  • Ya-Ting Shang
    • Department of KinesiologyUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11482-010-9126-2

Cite this article as:
Gill, D.L., Chang, Y., Murphy, K.M. et al. Applied Research Quality Life (2011) 6: 181. doi:10.1007/s11482-010-9126-2

Abstract

Despite the clear relationship of physical activity and quality of life (QoL), QoL measures are seldom targeted for physical activity and health promotion. The current research attempted to address that gap by developing a QoL measure based on a conceptual model that reflects positive health and is relevant for physical activity and health promotion programs. In the project, which extended over three phases, an initial 70-item QoL survey was administered to university students and community program participants (total n = 512) along with measures of satisfaction with life and physical activity. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses revealed clear social, emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and functional (ADL) QoL factors as well as integrated QoL. The resulting 32-item QoL Survey fits the conceptual model, demonstrates logical relationships with physical activity and has sufficient psychometric properties for use in related research and health promotion programs.

Keywords

Physical activityPositive healthAssessmentSurvey development

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