Islamic Azad University, Iran
Title: Psychometric properties of the healthy family life style scale
Biography: Nadreh Shekefti
Introduction: Lifestyle is an important factor in life quality. Lifestyle refers to the set of habits and behavior that one does daily, weekly and monthly. According to the action-reaction principle in systems theory, all our actions or behavior will follow with an emotional, cognition and behavioral reaction. Generally, these actions are selected by individuals consciously. Based on these two (action-reaction principle and conscious selection), what an individual feels, is the result of his/her selection. As individuals are the agent to choose their behavior and lifestyle is a choice for choosing, selecting a specific lifestyle (as a set of action) will make a specific consequence for him/her. So, lifestyle is a good predictor for life quality.
The main goal of the research was to develop a healthy lifestyle scale.
Method: The sample consisted of 300 college students in Shiraz Branch, Islamic Azad University. A 28 items scale was used to assess healthy lifestyle. These items were pooled based on the sim-structural interview with 30 married persons between 25 to 58 years old. All participants filled out the scale. Principal factor analysis was run to test factor structure of the scale.
Result: The results of the factor analysis showed a seven-factor structure for the family lifestyle scale. These factors named: emotional relationship, privet time with close people, time for fun and play, effective social network, respect and appreciation, quality of sleep and, physical activity. The result revealed acceptable reliability for these factors.
Conclusion: In sum, the results of the research showed that the Healthy Family Life Style Scale is a valid and reliable scale to assess lifestyle.