Modelling the Inter-relationship among Quality of Life, Spirituality and Wellness using Structural Equation Modelling Approach

By Mahadzirah Mohamad, Sulaiman bin Md. Yassin, Ahmad Rusdi Abdullah and Borhanudin Mohd Yusof @Mohamed.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The concept of Quality of Life (QOL) has increasingly become the focus of research in different fields such as health care, social services and families. Spirituality and Wellness appear to be receiving paramount attention by researchers and are usually linked to the studies of QOL. This paper reports research findings of a study that adopts the Satisfaction of Human Needs approach for studying QOL which examines the inter-relationship among QOL, Spirituality and Wellness using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM). SEM illustrates the causal relationships under study through a series of structural equations and these structural relations are modelled pictorially to enable a clearer conceptualisation of the theory under study. The findings of the study illustrate that the hypothesised model proposed in the study fits the sample data fairly well. Further examining the results of the analysis suggests that there is a significant relationship among the three constructs under study.

Keywords: Quality of Life, Spirituality, Wellness, Satisfaction of Human Needs of QOL, Structural Equation Modelling

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.85-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 814.003KB).

Dr Mahadzirah Mohamad

Associate Professor, Department of Management and Marketing,, Faculty of Management and Economics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

She received her B.B.A. (Marketing) from the Ohio University (U.S.A), an M.B.A. from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and a Ph.D in Marketing from the Univeristy of Exeter (U.K). Dr. Mahadzirah has the experience of teaching several courses in Marketing and Management. Amongst the courses that she had taught include Services Marketing, Marketing Research, Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Communication, Sales Management. Strategic Management, Marketing Management and Organizational Management. Her principal areas of research include Services Marketing, Consumer Services, Employee Motivation and Quality of life. She has published papers and articles in professional journals in these and related areas. Dr. Mahadzirah also has carried out some consultancy work with business and government agencies and conducted executive seminar for the Telekom Malaysia and Renong Group, especially in Services Marketing.

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Sulaiman bin Md. Yassin

Vice Chancellor and CEO, Chancellory, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, -Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Sulaiman Md. Yassin received his secondary education at the renowned Royal Military College and graduated with an honours degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Malaya in 1972 and subsequently with a Masters degree in Communication Arts from Cornell University in 1974 and a doctorate in Extension Education and Communication from the same University in 1980. He began his professional career as a Lecturer for College of Agriculture, Malaya in 1972, rising to Associate Professor in 1981 and as Professor in 1987. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholar fellowship to the United States in 1986/87. He has had a brilliant academic career rising from Lecturer in Universiti Putra Malaysia to Rector and Vice Chancellor in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. He has written and edited several books (10) and modules (8), as well as continued presenting conference papers nationally and internationally until today.

Ahmad Rusdi Abdullah

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

Ahmad Rusdi Abdullah is a lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia. He was born on September 19, 1969 in Kuala Terengganu. In 1994, he obtained his bachelor degree in Bachelor of Science in Business at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, USA. After graduated, he came back to Malaysia and joined several privates companies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to get some work experiences before pursuing his master degree in Information Technology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. After graduated from the university in 2001, he joined Kolej Teknologi Bestari as a lecturer and in 2002 he joined Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, attached to the Department of Management and Marketing.

Borhanudin Mohd Yusof @Mohamed

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

He was born on June 27, 1979, in Mersing, Johor, Malaysia and in 1997 enrolled in Universiti Teknologi Mara doing a degree in Information Studies before furthering his master’s degree in Information Management (2004). After graduated, he joined the internship program with Multimedia Development Corporation attached to Knowledge Management Unit. Upon completion the internship program he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia as an assistant secretary in 2004. With the experience that he has, subsequently he joined UMT as a lecturer at the Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Economics and Management.

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