Article

Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 181-200

Quality of Life Assessment for Physical Activity and Health Promotion

  • Diane L. GillAffiliated withDepartment of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Email author 
  • , Yu-Kai ChangAffiliated withGraduate Institute of Coaching Science, National Taiwan Sport University
  • , Karen M. MurphyAffiliated withDepartment of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • , Kathryn M. SpeedAffiliated withDepartment of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • , Cara C. HammondAffiliated withDepartment of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • , Enid A. RodriguezAffiliated withDepartment of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • , MinJeong LyuAffiliated withKyungnam University
  • , Ya-Ting ShangAffiliated withDepartment of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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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 activity Positive health Assessment Survey development