Quality of Life Research

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 1573–1584 | Cite as

Adolescent health-related quality of life and perceived satisfaction with life

  • Keith J. Zullig
  • Robert F. Valois
  • E. Scott Huebner
  • J. Wanzer Drane


Purpose: To explore the relationship between perceived satisfaction with life and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in a state-wide sample of 13–18-year-old adolescents (n=4914) in South Carolina, USA. Methods: Questions were added to the self-report Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) asking about perceived life satisfaction in six domains (self, family, friends, living environment, school, and overall) and HRQOL (self-rated health; and the number of poor physical health days, poor mental days, and activity limitation days during the past 30 days). Results: Adjusted logistic regression analyses and multivariate models constructed separately revealed that self-rated health, poor physical days (past 30 days), poor mental health days (past 30 days), and activity limitation days (past 30 days) were significantly related (p < 0.05) to reduced life satisfaction, regardless of race or gender. Moreover, as the number of reported poor health days increased, the greater the odds of reporting life dissatisfaction. Conclusions: This is the first study to document the relationship between poor physical health and perceived life satisfaction. This adds to the mounting evidence that life satisfaction is related to a variety of adolescent health behaviors and that life satisfaction may add additional information in longitudinal databases that track adolescent health because it appears to be related to HRQOL.


Adolescents Health-related quality of life Life satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith J. Zullig
    • 1
  • Robert F. Valois
    • 2
  • E. Scott Huebner
    • 3
  • J. Wanzer Drane
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physical Education, Health, and SportsMiami UniversityOxfordUSA
  2. 2.Family & Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and MedicineUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  4. 4.Family & Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and MedicineUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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