Health-Related Quality of Life During the Menopausal Transition: Testing a Theoretical Model

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The purpose of this study was to test the hypothetical model of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) during the menopausal transition. The model was developed to test specific components of the Wilson and Cleary's model for HRQOL. A cross-sectional, correlational study was carried out using self-report questionnaires on a convenience sample of 162 Korean women in the menopausal transition. The model was tested by a path analysis using Analysis of Moment Structure (AMOS) program. The path analysis showed that 5 affecting variables explained 69% of the variance in HRQOL during the menopausal transition. Based on the results, the Wilson and Cleary's model may be useful in explaining HRQOL during the menopausal transition. Symptoms, functional status, and health perceptions mediated the effect of individual and environmental characteristics on HRQOL. However, the results suggest that some paths need to be added or modified in the model. To date, most research using Wilson and Cleary's model has been conducted in the United States, Africa, and Europe (e.g., Austria, Norway, and Spain). This study shows the applicability of the model in Asian people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-160
Number of pages18
JournalResearch and theory for nursing practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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