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Quality of life

Nick Axford

in Exploring concepts of child well-being

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420657
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420657.003.0005
Quality of life

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This chapter discusses the concept of quality of life (QoL) property and different approaches to measure it. QoL is defined as ‘subjective well-being and personal growth in a healthy and prosperous environment’. The study described in this book used a holistic measure of QoL that is multidimensional, and goes further than financial and material items to include recreation, enrichment, and happiness. Attention is focused on factors known to contribute to subjective well-being, as well as on evidence of emotional state visible to parents or carers, for instance distress or depression.

Keywords: QoL; child well-being; personal growth; holistic measure; happiness

Chapter.  6512 words. 

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