Health-Related Quality of Life Among University Students

  • M. Vaez
  • M. Voss
  • L. Laflamme
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Since the early nineties, universities in Sweden have witnessed a significant expansion in the number of students and now the university-student population constitutes a major part of the young adult population. To study at university has become a common choice for many young adults and as a consequence the student population has diversified in terms of age, gender, ethnical background and socio-economic profile. The transition to higher education has been recognized as a critical period in the formation of the life-pathways and in the establishment of adult behavior. In this context there is a growing interest in studying the impact of enrolment in higher education on the student quality of life and well being. In this prospective study of potential factors related to the student quality of life of 3000 first year full time students (in 1998/1999) at a large University in Sweden were followed during their education. The students have filled in three self-administrated questionnaire/covering aspects such as demographic, lifestyle, academics, health status and quality of life, at the end of 1999, 2001 and 2003. The findings emphasized that although, a high proportion of the students rated their health and quality of life as good and the persistence rate was relatively good during the years of university, there was a tendency for deterioration in self rated general and psychological health. This pattern was more pronounced among female students. The results also suggested that the students current quality of life in 2003 was strongly associated with self-rated psychological health, psychosomatic symptoms such as depression, concentration difficulties and perceived stress due to loneliness and doubts about the future. Greater attention should be paid to these factors, in particular by providing students with a work environment conducive to the reduction of stress.


Eating Disorder Female Student Male Student Binge Drinking Current Quality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Vaez
    • 1
  • M. Voss
    • 1
  • L. Laflamme
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Section of Personal Injury PreventionKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of International HealthKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

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