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Korean Journal of Child Health Nursing 2005;11(2):167-178.
Dimensions and Attributes of Quality of Life in Korean School-age Children.
Kyung Ja Han, Young Hee Yi, In Ok Sim, Yun Jung Choi
1Seoul National University, Korea. hankj@snu.ac.kr
2Sungkyunkwan University, Korea.
3Red Cross College of Nursing, Korea.
4Armed Forces Nursing Academy, Korea.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe quality of life (QOL) in Korean school-age children by identifying dimensions and attributes of QOL from the child's point of view. METHOD: In-depth interviews with focus questions were used for the study. Twelve children, aged 10 to 13 years, were recruited from Seoul and rural areas. The interviews were audio-taped and transcribed before content analysis. The data were analyzed for themes and attributes. The researchers read the data together and discussed their conclusions until a consensus was reached. RESULTS: Eight dimensions, 57 subdimensions and 101atttributes were identified for QOL in school-age children. The eight dimensions of QOL were physical, social, emotional, learning, leisure, family, self-value, and material aspects. CONCLUSION: The study results can be utilized in developing reliable instruments to measure quality of life specific to school-age children. It is proposed that a consistent and unified policy should be established by school, family, and community for the purpose of improving the QOL of school-age children.
Key words: Quality of life; School-age children
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