|dc.description.abstract||Background - A great number of people are affected by Negative Life Events (NLE), such as
separation, death in close family and life threatening experiences every year. Findings indicate that
such events may cause an impaired Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL). Outdoor Recreation
and Activities (ODRaA) are believed to increase an individual’s HRQoL. However little scientific
research has been conducted in this area. Aims - The aim of the study was to investigate the
associations between Gender, Age, NLE, ODRaA and HRQoL. Method - Data from the third Nord
– Trøndelag Health Study (2006-2008) were used in the study. Young adults (20-29 yrs, N=2874)
participated in the study. Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) were used to assess
HRQoL. Associations between gender, Age groups, NLE, ODRaA and HRQoL were assessed by
multifactor analysis of variance (one-way ANOVA). Results – Gender, Gender/Age NLE, ODRaA
associated significantly with HRQoL. Higher scores of ODRaA associated with higher scores of
HRQoL. NLE associated with a lower HRQoL. Females reported a lower HRQoL than males.
Discussion – Further research needs to address interventional studies of RCTs as well as longitudinal
follow-up studies conducted on populations with the experience on NLE participation in ODRaA vs.
non-participants in ODRaA and HRQoL.||en_US