Effects of Occupational Balance (OB) on Health, Quality of Life and Related Variables in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Structural Equation Modeling.

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Publisher: American Occupational Therapy Association
Document Type: Article
Length: 640 words
Lexile Measure: 1270L

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Older adults experience changes such as cognitive or physical decline and decreased roles. These changes have negative effects on their daily lives and social participation. The concept of occupational balance (OB) is closely related to the everyday lives of individuals and has been known to be an important factor for health and wellbeing. However, little is known about the effects of OB as an independent variable. This makes it difficult for occupational therapists to apply the concept of OB to intervention. The purpose of the present study is to explain how OB affects health, wellbeing, and related variables, which were reported to have correlation with OB, using structural equation modeling. Furthermore, the study explores specific preventive approaches in community settings to enhance the health and quality of life of older adults based on the results.

This quantitative method study recruited 225 adults over 55 years of age. Excepting 12 outliers and 5 uncompleted questionnaires, the self-reported data from 208 participants...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A631787181