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Revista Medica Herediana

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CUBA, María; JURADO, Arturo; ROMERO, Zoila  and  CUBA, Mary. Family characteristics associated with quality of life perception in residents of a poor urban area in Los Olivos, Lima. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2013, vol.24, n.1, pp.12-16. ISSN 1018-130X.

We need to identify strategies to move the attention from individual physical risks to the attention of all the people who make up the family and the different dimensions of family health. Objectives: The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of families in a poor urban area of Lima, and to describe their perception of quality of life and the association between family functioning and quality of life in families. Methods: Cross-sectional, population-based descriptive study in a sample of 120 families. We used instruments to measure quality of life, family characteristics and family functioning. Results: 75% of families had a good perception of quality of life. The most common type was the nuclear family; 33% of families were in the springboard evolutionary cycle, followed by families with teenagers in 31%. 35% of families had inadequate functionality using the Family APGAR, and 3% of families were extreme using the FACES III test. No significant association was found between quality of life and family functioning. Conclusion: The family functioning is not related to the perceived quality of life in this study.

Keywords : Quality of life; family health; family characteristics.

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