J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2011 Jun;20(2):157-166. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2011.20.2.157.

Factors Influencing Quality of Life in People with Mental Disabilities using Mental Health Centers

  • 1Department of Nursing, Silla University, Korea.
  • 2Collage of Nursing, Pusan National University, Korea. jss@pusan.ac.kr


The study was done to identify factors influencing the quality of life of people with mental disabilities who use mental health centers.
Data were collected by questionnaires from 288 people with mental disabilities in Busan and Kyungnam Provience. Data were analyzed using t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficients, multiple linear regression with the SPSS/WIN 14.0 program.
The mean score for quality of life was 11.3+/-1.70, and the mean empowerment score was 59.7+/-8.44. The significant factors influencing quality of life were gender, age, residential status, number of support people, side-effects of drugs, service type, and empowerment. These factors explained 43.9% of the variance.
The results suggest that in development and practice of program to increase the quality of life of people with mental disabilities a variety of factors should be considered.


People with mental disabilities; Quality of life; Empowerment; Mental health center

MeSH Terms

Linear Models
Mental Health*
Power (Psychology)
Quality of Life*
Surveys and Questionnaires

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