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Optimal Living Profile: An Inventory to Assess Health and Wellness

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Objective: To develop an instrument to assess environmental, emotional, spiritual, physical, social, and intellectual health and wellness. Methods: Reliability was assessed using 102 respondents who completed the OLP on 2 occasions. Concurrent validity was assessed using a second sample of 34 respondents and a panel of 6 experts. Results: Most items had high test-retest correlation coefficients. Each dimension had high internal consistency (ie, high Cronbach Alphas). Independence of items in each dimension suggested good divergent and convergent validity. Conclusions: The OLP is a reliable and valid instrument for assessing dimensions of the Total Person Concept.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: College of Public Heath, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 2: College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 3: Health Education Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 4: Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Tucson, AZ 5: Campus Health Service, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. 6: Center for Health Promotion, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV. 7: Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Tucson, AZ.

Publication date: November 1, 2000

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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