Stressful Life Events and Health-Related Quality of Life in College Students

Published in: Journal of College Student Development, v. 38, No. 2, 1997, p. 181-190

Posted on on January 01, 1997

by Teresa Damush, Ron D. Hays, M. Robin DiMatteo

Examines the relationship between recent stressful life events in the past year and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among 350 college students, and sought to understand the moderating effect of gender. Students who reported stressful life events also reported worse HRQOL, although not for all areas of stress or quality of life. Specifically, autonomous, distress, family/parental, relocating, sexual, and deviance events may negatively affect dysphoria, general health, and well-being. Contrary to the findings of prior studies, gender was not a moderator of the relationship between stressful life events and HRQOL.

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