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Life satisfaction in 18- to 64-year-old Swedes: In relation to gender, age, partner and immigrant status.
Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Rehabilitation Medicine.
2002 In: J Rehabil Med, ISSN 1650-1977, Vol. 34, 239-246 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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2002. Vol. 34, 239-246 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-90556OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-90556DiVA: diva2:162945
Available from: 2003-05-08 Created: 2003-05-08Bibliographically approved
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1. On life satisfaction and vocational rehabilitation outcome in Sweden
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2003 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation has two parts. Firstly, satisfaction with life as a whole and with 10 life domains (using an instrument termed LiSat-11 with 6-graded scales) is described in a nationally representative sample aged 18-64 years (n: 2,533) and is related to some socio-demographic circumstances. Secondly, vocationally disabled people (n: 109) at an employability institute are prospectively followed in order to determine their life satisfaction and to identify early predictors of vocational rehabilitation outcome.

Main results: Gender independently, 70 % of the national sample were satisfied with life as a whole (were happy). The ten domains formed a 4-factor pattern: ”Closeness, Health, Spare time, Provision”. Seven domains were sizeable predictors of overall life satisfaction. In a complex manner socio-demographics were predictive of (gross levels) all LiSat-11 items. Main predictors were perceived health, immigrant status and educational level.

Generally, the vocational rehabilitees had low LiSat-11 levels except for the closeness items. They had relatively poor background resources (low “sense of coherence“ level) for successful coping. Whereas a positive rehabilitation outcome was accompanied by increases in several LiSat-11 aspects, only satisfaction with the vocational situation was clearly responsive. Three early predictors of outcome were identified: belief in vocational return, educational level and sense of coherence.

In summary: Besides providing reference values for the LiSat-11 instrument, this dissertation demonstrates that different socio-demographic factors influence different areas of concern (domains) in 18- to 64-year-old Swedes. In turn, satisfaction derived from different areas heavily influences level of overall life satisfaction. Moreover, the vocational rehabilitees generally seemed to be predisposed to being poor copers, possibly a major background of low levels of many LiSat-11 aspects. The identified set of predictors of the outcome of vocational rehabilitation emphasizes a need for focusing on psycho-social aspects within vocational rehabilitation.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2003. 64 p.
Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 0282-7476 ; 1265
Medicine, Life satisfaction, Quality of life, Epidemiology, Vocational rehabilitation outcome, Sense of coherence, Medicin
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Dermatology and Venereal Diseases
Research subject
Rehabilitation Medicine
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-3467 (URN)91-554-5636-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2003-05-30, Grönwallsalen, Ingång 70, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, 13:15
Available from: 2003-05-08 Created: 2003-05-08Bibliographically approved

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