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《Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry》 1999-02
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A comparative study on quality of life between adolescents in China and Japan.

Wang Xiangdong, et al. Beijing Institute of Mental Health, Beijing 100083  
Objective: To introduce an instrument for evaluation of adolescents' quality of life (QOL) in China and to compare differences in QOL of adolescents who are living in different socioeconomic conditions. Methods: The 70-item Quality of Life Questionnaire for Adolescents (QOLQA) was developed and evaluated in Japan and China. Totally 1114 Japanese and 613 Chinese junior high school students, aged 12 to 15 years, completed the questionnaire. Results: Chinese students scored significantly higher than the Japanese in QOL sum and most domain scores. For both groups, subjects had highest score in the domain of Independence Level and lowest in Psychological domain. In terms of total QOL score, Chinese male students ranked first, followed by Chinese girls, Japanese boys, and Japanese girls. In Japanese group, a continuing decrease of QOL scores with age was observed without exception, but no such tendency presented in their Chinese counterparts. Conclusion: There is no parallel relationship between the higher level of economic development and beter quality of life fo the people. The results also suggest that mental health promotion should be a priority in improvement of overall quality of life of adolescents.
【Fund】: 精神卫生冈本纪念团(The Mental Health Okamoto Memorial Foundation)提供部分资助
【CateGory Index】: C913.5
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