Black and White Students’ Quality of Life

Dawnn Mahulawde
Bowling Green State University

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Abstract The Time-Oriented Quality of Life Scale (TOQLS) was developed to measure one’s present quality of life in relationship to one’s desired future quality of life. The ten items were economics, housing, family life, education, social life, neighborhood, transportation, desired career, mental health, and physical health. The population for this study consisted of 12 elementary, 14 middle school, 13 high school, and 15 college students. Results indicated that African Americans and Caucasians did not differ in reports of present or future quality of life but that elementary students had a lower future quality compared to the other age groups. The racial differences of quality of life are discussed.

Introduction: Quality of life is defined by Myers (2008) as one’s perceptions of his/her environment and health. There has not been extensive research conducted on racial differences in quality of life nor comparing quality of life developmentally. The Time-Oriented Quality of Life Scale (TOQLS) was used to assess those perceptions and racial differences that may exist among elementary, middle school, high school, and college students. It was hypothesized that black students would have a lower quality of life when compared to white students. It was also hypothesized that elementary students would perceive a higher future quality of life compared to college students.

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