An analysis of the structure of life satisfaction as an indicator of adolescent quality of life in context of health

Quality of life has become an important outcome of health care practice and research. Quality of life measurements are increasingly being used to determine the appropriateness of various treatment approaches. However, quality of life research has focused primarily on adult and senior populations, with little research examining quality of life among adolescents. In a study targeting adolescents aged 13 to 19 who attend BC high schools, Richard Sawatzky is researching the effectiveness of the Multidimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale in measuring adolescent quality of life. Using data obtained with the scale, he is examining how differences in perceived and observed physical and psychological health affect adolescents’ perceptions of family life, friendships, school life, living environment and themselves. Health professionals could use findings from the research to develop health promotion initiatives and treatments that address the particular needs of adolescents.