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20-04-2016 | Uitgave 11/2016

Quality of Life Research 11/2016

Individuals’ quality of life linked to major life events, perceived social support, and personality traits

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Quality of Life Research > Uitgave 11/2016
Auteurs:
Cornelia Pocnet, Jean-Philippe Antonietti, Marie-Pierre F. Strippoli, Jennifer Glaus, Martin Preisig, Jérôme Rossier

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between major recent life events that occurred during the last 5 years, social and personal resources, and subjective quality of life (QoL).

Methods

A total of 1801 participants from the general population (CoLaus/PsyCoLaus study) completed the Life Events Questionnaire, the Social Support Questionnaire, the NEO Five-Factor Inventory Revised, and the Manchester Short Assessment of Quality of Life.

Results

Major life events were modestly associated with the QoL (about 5 % of the explained variance). However, QoL was significantly related to perceived social support and personality traits (about 37 % of the explained variance). Particularly, perceived social support, extraversion and conscientiousness personality dimensions were positively linked to life satisfaction, whereas a high level of neuroticism was negatively associated with QoL.

Conclusion

This study highlights the negative but temporary association between critical events and QoL. However, a combination of high conscientiousness and extraversion, and positive social support may explain better variances for a high-perceived QoL.

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