The purpose of this study was to describe the quality of life (QOL) of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLS&R) scholarship recipients, to evaluate their QOL in relation to normative data on QOL, and to determine if this population sample agreed with the literature concerning correlates of QOL.


The target population consisted of scholarship recipients from 1957 through 1997; HLS&R requested a census to collect data.


The survey instrument consisted of two sections; one section requested descriptive personal, education and employment, and scholarship data. The second section consisted of the Quality of Life Profile.


The instrument was mailed to 4,283-scholarship recipients. Four hundred forty-four surveys were undeliverable, providing an accessible population of 3,839. Fifteen months of data collection yielded 1,512 completed surveys, representing 39.4% of the accessible population.


QOL for individuals in this population was very acceptable with more than 90% indicating very acceptable or excellent QOL. No individuals indicated a very problematic QOL.


Two variables, involvement in voluntary organizations and/or religious associations and gender, were statistically significantly, though negligibly, related to QOL. Females and those who had higher levels of community involvement tended to have higher QOL scores. No evidence indicated that education, income, and place of residence were related to QOL.



scholarship recipients, quality of life

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