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Table 1 Exploratory factor analysis solutions for the QOLS items from Burckhardt, et al. (2003)10

From: Examining the factorial validity of the Quality of Life Scale

SubjectsSample 1Sample 2Sample 3Sample 4Sample 5
Item10FactorFactorFactorFactorFactor
1. “Material comforts home, food, conveniences, financial security…”HFRMW*RMWDNFRMW
2. “Health – being physically fit and vigorous…”HFHFHFHFHF
3. “Relationships with parents, siblings & other relatives – communicating, visiting, helping…”RMW*RMWPSCC#RMWRMW
4. “Having and raising children…”RMWRMWRMW*RMWRMW
5. “Relationships with spouse or significant other…”RMW*RMWRMWRMWRMW
6. “Close friends…”RMWRMW*RMW*RMWRMW*
7. “Helping and encouraging others, volunteering, giving advice…”PSCC#PSCCPSCC*PSCCPSCC
8. “Participating in organizations and public affairs…”PSCCPSCCPSCCPSCCPSCC
9. “Learning – attending school, improving understanding, getting additional knowledge…”PSCCPSCCPSCCPSCCPSCC
10. “Understanding yourself – knowing your assets and limitations – knowing what life is about…”PSCC$PSCCPSCCPSCCPSCC
11. “Work – job or in home…”HFHFHFHFHF*
12. “Expressing yourself creatively…”PSCCPSCC*PSCC*PSCCPSCC
13. “Socializing – meeting other people, doing things, parties, etc.”RMWPSCC*PSCC*HF#PSCC$
14. “Reading, listening to music, or observing entertainment…”RMW*PSCCPSCCDNFPSCC
15. “Participating in active recreation…”HFHFHFHFHF
16. “Independence, doing for yourself…”NININIHFHF
  1. RMW Relationships and Material Well-being; PSCC Personal, Social, and Community Commitment; HF Health and Functioning; NI Item Not Included in Analysis; DNF Item Did Not Factor; * = Item had substantial cross-loading (i.e., ≥ .30, but ≤ .44) on another factor; # = Item had extreme cross-loading (i.e., ≥ .45) on another factor. $ = Item had substantial cross-loadings (i.e., ≥ .30) on two other factors. Sample 1 = 319 healthy Swedish and American individuals; Sample 2 = 584 Americans with chronic illness; Sample 3 = 170 Swedish women with chronic rheumatic disease; Sample 4 = 353 men; Sample 5 = 888 women. Each item is labeled in the proposed construct from that paper