The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

A multidimensional model of the quality of life in older age

Bowling, A., Bannister, D., Sutton, S., Evans, O. and Windsor, J. (2002) A multidimensional model of the quality of life in older age Aging & Mental Health, 6, (4), 355 - 371. (doi:10.1080/1360786021000006983). (PMID:12425770).

Record type: Article


The broad aim of the research presented here was to define the constituents and indicators of quality of life (QoL) in older age, in order to offer a more multidimensional and useful model of quality of life, based on the perspectives of older people themselves. This paper focuses on the extent to which self evaluations of global QoL are in? uenced by health, psychological and social variables, and social circumstances. It reports the results of a national survey of the quality of life in people aged 65 and over, living at home in Britain. Multiple regression analysis with the self-evaluation of quality of life rating as the dependent variable showed that the overall model (Model 9) of QoL indicators explained 26.7% of the variance in quality of life ratings. This is sizeable given the amorphous nature of this concept. The main independent predictors of selfrated global quality of life were: social comparisons and expectations, personality and psychological characteristics (optimism- pessimism), health and functional status and personal and neighbourhood social capital. These variables explained the highest proportion of the variance between groups in their quality of life ratings. Socio-economic indicators contributed relatively little to the model.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: November 2002
Keywords: age, model, older people, aging, Great Britain, satisfaction, health, morale
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 334686
ISSN: 1360-7863
PURE UUID: abfb4722-af6f-4d32-b160-ee15c4922495

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 23 Mar 2012 15:07
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 06:11

Export record



Author: A. Bowling
Author: D. Bannister
Author: S. Sutton
Author: O. Evans
Author: J. Windsor

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.