Determinants of subjective quality of life among rural adolescents: a developmental perspective

Chipuer, Heather M. and Bramston, Paul and Pretty, Grace (2003) Determinants of subjective quality of life among rural adolescents: a developmental perspective. Social Indicators Research, 61 (1). pp. 79-95. ISSN 1573-0921


This study examines youths' experiences of loneliness and community connectedness in relation to seven domains of subjective quality of life among pre-adolescents, early adolescents, and middle adolescents. Participants consisted of 464 youth, ranging in age from 11 to 17 years, from two rural towns. Youth reported on their subjective experiences of loneliness and their perceptions of their community environments (neighbourhood and school). Hierarchical regressions indicated the importance of loneliness in accounting for subjective quality of life for early adolescents, and less so for middle and pre-adolescents. Community factors significantly accounted for additional variance in pre-adolescents' reports of their quality of life, compared with early and middle adolescents' reports. Discussion highlights the importance of understanding the determinants of quality of life from an individual, community, and developmental perspective.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's Version not available.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 01 May 2010 08:48
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 00:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality of life; rural population; young population
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1023/A:1021271831731

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