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Development and Validation of an Environmental Quality of Life Scale: Study of a French Sample


The objective of this research is to develop a scale of perceived environmental quality of life and test its factorial structure and validity. The constitutive items of the scale were generated using semi-directive interviews. Four principal quality of life factors were isolated in an exploratory study carried out with 760 participants. This factorial structure was then established in a cross-validation of the scale during a confirmatory study applied to a second sample of 740 participants. The internal consistency of the environmental quality of life dimensions, the adequacy of the measurement model to the data, and the stability of the factorial structure are all proof of the good psychometric qualities of this scale.

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The research presented in this paper is part of the Espervie Program (Environment and Health: Risk perception and Quality of life) and is founded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR).

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Fleury-Bahi, G., Marcouyeux, A., Préau, M. et al. Development and Validation of an Environmental Quality of Life Scale: Study of a French Sample. Soc Indic Res 113, 903–913 (2013).

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  • Environmental quality of life
  • Environment
  • Validation
  • Scale