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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Supervisor

Drs. Mark Speechley

2nd Supervisor

Cheryl Forchuk

Joint Supervisor

Abstract

Background: Household living arrangement, whether an individual lives alone, with family, or with unrelated persons, may predict quality of life in adults with mental illness, as it influences social interactions and availability of immediate resources. Objective: To assess the relationship between living arrangement and quality of life in adults with mental illness. Design: Secondary analysis of 294 community-dwelling adults with mental illness. Linear regression was used to estimate the association between living arrangement and quality of life. Results: Initially, linear regression analysis did not suggest a strong association between quality of life and living arrangement; however, further analysis suggested that social support mediates the relationship between living arrangement and quality of life in adults with mental illness. Conclusion: Future research should address the limitations of the current study to advance the understanding of the association between living arrangement and quality of life in this population.


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