Perceived State of Wellbeing and Health Promoting Activities Among Adults in an African Community

Folake O. LANRE-BABALOLA, Olanrewaju O. BABALOLA, Gbadebo F. ADELEKE


Self-reported state of well-being is usually a reflection of several factors that could vary from place to place, and previous studies on this subject examined factors that focused mainly on Western populations, hence the need for a study focused on a developing nation such as Nigeria. Questionnaire was utilized to elicit information among 300 respondents on the areas of interest and the study was conducted in Ede, a community in Osun State. Data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and the hypotheses were tested using the chi-square (x²) and Pearson’s correlation statistical analysis test. Only 26.2% of the respondents perceive themselves as being in an excellent state of wellbeing. Findings show existing relationships between earnings, gender, level of education and self-perceived health and wellbeing among older adults. Significant relationship also exists between health promoting activities and hospitalization episodes among adults. There is need for health policy makers to pay attention to the wellbeing of adults; it is recommended that free or subsidized health services should be provided for older adults


Self-Perceived, Wellbeing, Health, Older Adults, Activities.

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