Journal Article


Ivan J Perry
Anthony P Fitzgerald
Darren L Dahly
Elizabeth A McKay
Eithne Hunt



health related quality of life time use well being irish adolescents county cork communicable diseases study group school quality

A person-centred analysis of the time-use, daily activities and health-related quality of life of Irish school-going late adolescents. (2014)

Abstract The health, well-being and quality of life of the world's 1.2 billion adolescents are global priorities. A focus on their patterns or profiles of time-use and how these relate to health-related quality of life (HRQoL) may help to enhance their well-being and address the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases in adulthood. This study sought to establish whether distinct profiles of adolescent 24-h time-use exist and to examine the relationship of any identified profiles to self-reported HRQoL. This cross-sectional study gathered data from a random sample of 731 adolescents (response rate 52 %) from 28 schools (response rate 76 %) across Cork city and county. A person-centred approach, latent profile analysis, was used to examine adolescent 24-h time-use and relate the identified profiles to HRQoL. Three male profiles emerged, namely productive, high leisure and all-rounder. Two female profiles, higher study/lower leisure and moderate study/higher leisure, were identified. The quantitative and qualitative differences in male and female profiles support the gendered nature of adolescent time-use. No unifying trends emerged in the analysis of probable responses in the HRQoL domains across profiles. Females in the moderate study/higher leisure group were twice as likely to have above-average global HRQoL. Distinct time-use profiles can be identified amongst adolescents, but their relationship with HRQoL is complex. Rich mixed-method research is required to illuminate our understanding of how quantities and qualities of time-use shape lifestyle patterns and how these can enhance the HRQoL of adolescents in the twenty-first century.
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Ivan J Perry, Anthony P Fitzgerald, Darren L Dahly, Elizabeth A McKay, Eithne Hunt

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Ivan J Perry
University College Cork
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Anthony P Fitzgerald
University College Cork
Total Publications: 78
Darren L. Dahly
University College Cork