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Table 2 Importance of the QOLS items by total sample and gender. Percent rating the item as important or very important (In parentheses, the percent rating the item as unimportant).

From: The Quality of Life Scale (QOLS): Reliability, Validity, and Utilization

Item Total Sample Men Women
1. Material well-being/financial security 83 (1) 81 (3) 83 (1)
2. Health 95 (0) 99 (0) 94 (0)
3. Relationship with parents, siblings and other relatives 80 (5) 71 (7) 85 (4)***
4. Having and raising children 79 (11) 71 (12) 81 (11)
5. Relationships with spouse or significant other 96 (3) 94 (3) 96 (3)
6. Relationships with friends 80 (3) 71 (6) 85 (1)**
7. Helping or encouraging others 86 (3) 80 (8) 91 (1)*
8. Participating in organizations and public affairs 34 (34) 33 (40) 35 (31)
9. Intellectual development 62 (20) 62 (24) 63 (18)
10. Personal understanding of self 83 (5) 84 (4) 83 (5)
11. Occupational role 84 (5) 84 (4) 83 (4)
12. Creativity/personal expression 67 (10) 61 (11) 71 (10)
13. Socializing 53 (16) 34 (22) 58 (13)*
14. Passive and observational recreation 81 (5) 79 (3) 82 (6)
15. Active and participatory recreation 51 (23) 52 (21) 50 (25)
  1. * p < 0.05 ** p < 0.01 *** p < 0.001