ANALYSIS OF THE BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL FACTORS INFLUENCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF SENIORS LIVING IN REST HOMES

Dagmar Dvořáčková, Adéla Mojžíšová
University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Health and Social Studies, Department of Social Work, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Korespondenční autor: Dagmar Dvořáčková (dvoracko@zsf.jcu.cz)

ISSN 1804-7181 (On-line)

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Submitted:25. 9. 2010
Accepted: 21. 4. 2011
Published online: 15. 6. 2011

Summary

This article provides a summary of the results of research in the quality of life of seniors. In the introduction we define the term quality of life and we discuss the roles of its psychosocial determinants.

The purpose of this research is to establish the quality of life of seniors living in rest homes, assess the quality of life in various domains of life from the aspect of their significance with regard to overall satisfaction with the quality of life. A group of seniors who live in a home environment and who are also graduates of the University of the Third Age at the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, served as a control group. Quantitative research strategy – questionnaire survey – was used to achieve the research goal. A combination of questionnaires, developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for researching the quality of life of seniors, was used as an instrument for obtaining the required data. This concerns a standardised Czech version of three internationally used questionnaires: WHOQOL-OLD, WHOQOL-BREF and the Attitudes to Aging Questionnaire – AAQ.

Differences in perception of quality of life in both groups are clear in a number of aspects and we devote the “Results” section to description of these.

Keywords: senior; quality of life; WHOQOL-OLD questionnaire; WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire; Attitudes to Aging Questionnaire (AAQ)

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