Title

Indicators of Support Networks and Resources: The Effects on Perceived Quality of Life

Streaming Media

Type of Proposal

Oral presentation

Start Date

29-3-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

29-3-2016 2:20 PM

Faculty

Faculty of Science

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Carlin Miller

Abstract

As an inter-disciplinary concept, Quality of Life (QoL) can be assessed in a multitude of contexts and quantified through various evaluations. The exact definition of the concept may be elusive, but in general, the term has come to describe an overall assessment of the human experience and perception of general well-being. A noticeable number of empirical and methodological studies identifying factors which may affect perceptions of QoL have recently been carried out in populations of medical school students; however, there has been little research done on the undergraduate population. This study therefore seeks to investigate these factors; as the frequency of wellness behaviours, coping mechanisms, social supports, recent life experiences, and the subsequent effects on perceived QoL will be evaluated through an online survey study open to undergraduate students registered in the University of Windsor’s Participant Pool system. QoL is to be classified as an outcome variable, and based on previous literature and early data analysis, its perception is hypothesized to be dependent upon the satisfaction of the other predictor variables in the study (i.e, perceived social support, frequency of wellness behaviours, coping mechanisms, personality characteristics & satisfaction with life). These findings will have many practical implications, as the identification of determinants and factors which influence QoL perception in an undergraduate population can be used by educators, counsellors, and health professionals to design interventions and implement strategies to enhance the physical, functional, social, and emotional well-being of students on university campuses.

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Indicators of Support Networks and Resources: The Effects on Perceived Quality of Life

As an inter-disciplinary concept, Quality of Life (QoL) can be assessed in a multitude of contexts and quantified through various evaluations. The exact definition of the concept may be elusive, but in general, the term has come to describe an overall assessment of the human experience and perception of general well-being. A noticeable number of empirical and methodological studies identifying factors which may affect perceptions of QoL have recently been carried out in populations of medical school students; however, there has been little research done on the undergraduate population. This study therefore seeks to investigate these factors; as the frequency of wellness behaviours, coping mechanisms, social supports, recent life experiences, and the subsequent effects on perceived QoL will be evaluated through an online survey study open to undergraduate students registered in the University of Windsor’s Participant Pool system. QoL is to be classified as an outcome variable, and based on previous literature and early data analysis, its perception is hypothesized to be dependent upon the satisfaction of the other predictor variables in the study (i.e, perceived social support, frequency of wellness behaviours, coping mechanisms, personality characteristics & satisfaction with life). These findings will have many practical implications, as the identification of determinants and factors which influence QoL perception in an undergraduate population can be used by educators, counsellors, and health professionals to design interventions and implement strategies to enhance the physical, functional, social, and emotional well-being of students on university campuses.