Relationships between sensory modulation and social supports and health-related quality of life

Moya Kinnealey, Kristie Patten Koenig, Sinclair Smith

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OBJECTIVE. We explored the relationships between sensory modulation and health-related quality of life (HRQOL), social supports, and mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression. METHOD. Twenty-eight adult volunteers ages 18-60 participated in the study. Fourteen adults were sensory overresponsive (SOR), and 14 adults in a matched comparative group were not sensory overresponsive (NSOR). All participants were tested using self-administered measures of sensory processing. RESULTS. Significant differences were found between SOR and NSOR groups on symptoms of anxiety, depression, and 4 of 8 indicators of HRQOL. CONCLUSION. Several analyses exploring the relationships among the variables tested suggest that sensory response style, whether comparing SOR and NSOR groups or exploring the correlation of the response quadrants of the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile, appears significantly and differentially related to symptoms of affective mental health and quality-of-life indicators, including social participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-327
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Health status indicators
  • Quality of life
  • Sensation disorders
  • Social support
  • sensory modulation
  • sensory overresponsive
  • sensory response style
  • sensory processing
  • sensory profile
  • Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile
  • mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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