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Authors: Hettich, Nora
Beutel, Manfred E.
Krakau, Lina
Brähler, Elmar
Title: Quality of life : updated psychometric properties and new norm values in a Representative German sample focusing socioeconomics and mental health
Online publication date: 13-Feb-2023
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: Objectives: Quality of life (QOL) is increasingly used as indicator in health research. The aim of this paper was an updated psychometric validation and a new standardization of the German version of the EUROHIS-QOL using a sample of the German general population assessed in 2021. The study focused on socio-economic characteristics and on anxiety and depressiveness as major indicators of mental health. Methods: With 8 items, the EUROHIS-QOL is an economical instrument for self-assessment. Results: Statistical tests revealed good psychometric properties. Gender- and age-group-specific norm values were calculated. The EUROHIS-QOL showed good discriminant validity for anxiety and depression symptoms. Participants without clinically relevant scores for depressiveness and anxiety reported significantly higher QOL. Multiple regression analysis showed that unemployment, younger age, not living with a partner, and an immigrant background were important predictors of lower QOL, whereas higher income, living in one’s own home, and a high level of education predicted higher QOL. Conclusion: The EUROHIS-QOL was confirmed as an economical and reliable instrument for assessing QOL in the German general population.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Journal: International journal of public health
Pages or article number: 1605188
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Publisher place: Lausanne
Issue date: 2022
ISSN: 1661-8556
Publisher DOI: 10.3389/ijph.2022.1605188
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