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The Development of the Lifestyle and Habits Questionnaire-Brief Version: Relationship to Quality of Life and Stress in College Students
Prevention Science (2014)
  • Thomas J. Dinzeo, Rowan University
  • Umashanger Thayasivam, Rowan University
  • Eve M. Sledjeski
Abstract
The authors describe the development and preliminary evaluation of the Lifestyle and Habits Questionnaire-brief version (LHQ-B). Three hundred seventy-seven undergraduate students (ages 18–25) participated. Responses were collected through either a web-based or face-to-face survey. Data reductive procedures were used with a preexisting lifestyle inventory to create an abbreviated measure. The relationship between lifestyle domains and indicators of wellbeing (levels of stress and quality of life (QOL)) were also examined. Eight lifestyle domains, encompassing 42 items, were identified and found to have good psychometric properties. The resulting LHQ-B measure can be self-administered/scored and contains norm-referenced feedback. The domains of psychological health, physical health and exercise, and sense of purpose were the best predictors of QOL while psychological health, social concern, and the accident prevention domains predicted levels of stress. The results support the use of the LHQ-B in lifestyle research or as a self-administered measure promoting self-awareness of lifestyle behaviors/attitudes in young adults (18–25 years).
Keywords
  • Lifestyle,
  • Health behaviors,
  • Quality of life,
  • Stress,
  • College students
Disciplines
Publication Date
February, 2014
DOI
10.1007/s11121-013-0370-1
Citation Information
Thomas J. Dinzeo, Umashanger Thayasivam and Eve M. Sledjeski. "The Development of the Lifestyle and Habits Questionnaire-Brief Version: Relationship to Quality of Life and Stress in College Students" Prevention Science Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2014) p. 103 - 114 ISSN: 1389-4986
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thomas-dinzeo/6/