Pathways from fear of falling to quality of life: The mediating effect of the self-concept of health and physical independence

Yawen Hsu, Dorothee Alfermann, Frank J.H. Lu, Linda L. Lin

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Objectives: Fear of falling leads to many adverse consequences and may compromise the quality of life of older adults. Psychological factors are potential mediators between the fear of falling and quality of life, but have yet to be explored in detail. This study presents results from examining the mediating effect of the self-concept of health and physical independence. Data from Western and Eastern countries were compared. Method: Concerns about falling, the level of participation in physical activities, the self-concept of health and physical independence, and health-related quality of life were measured using samples from Taiwan (n = 193) and Germany (n = 182). Multiple regression models were used to test the mediating effects. Results: The relationship between fear of falling and quality of life was partially mediated through participation in physical activities and the self-concept of health and physical independence in both the Taiwanese and German samples. In particular, the self-concept of health and physical independence of the Taiwanese sample resulted in the strongest mediating effect. Conclusion: Potential mediating mechanisms through both participation in physical activities and the self-concept of health and physical independence provide useful information for understanding related theories and for explicating interventions. Cultural factors should also be accounted for when conducting research and programs related to the fear of falling.

原文English
頁(從 - 到)816-822
頁數7
期刊Aging and Mental Health
17
發行號7
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2013 9月 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 精神心理健康
  • 老年學
  • 老年病學和老年學
  • 精神病學和心理健康

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