The French believe that their quality of life has deteriorated in recent years

The French believe that their quality of life has deteriorated, according to a study conducted between 1995 and 2016. Workers aged 35 to 54 years would be the most impacted.

The French, particularly those aged 35 to 54 who are working, feel that their quality of life is deteriorating. These results come from an academic study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The researchers used a short questionnaire (SF-36) consisting of 36 quality of life questions. They submitted it to a representative sample of the population three times: in 1995, 2003 and 2016.

A questionnaire based on perception

The questionnaire submitted to the interviewees is not purely medical but seeks to translate their feelings. This allows to put forward "a broader concept of health in the meaning of the World Health Organization (WHO), that is to say integrating the physical, psychological and social," says Joel Cosse professor at Paris-Descartes University and one of the authors of this study.

Questions include: "How much did your physical or mental state interfere with your family, friends, neighbors, etc. over the past month?", Or "These four In the last few weeks, were you a happy person? Were you tired? Exhausted? in peace? ", or" Are you more or less limited when it comes to kneeling? " to squat down or lean down? "

The impact of the 2008 crisis

The largest decreases were observed among active men aged 45 to 54 and active women aged 35 to 44 in most areas and among those aged 18 to 24 in vitality. In contrast, an overall improvement was observed in the 65 to 84 age group. "Among young people, the deterioration already begun between 1995 and 2003 has accelerated since, whereas in the over 65 years we see rather a stagnation or positive evolutions according to the dimensions considered", explains to the Figaro Joel Coste. "We can see an impact of the crisis of 2008 that hit these categories of the population hard," he concludes.

In 2014, nearly half of French people (46%) thought their situation was worse than that of their parents, according to figures from the Drees for the Ministry of Health. A figure up 10 points from 2004.

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