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ERIC Number: ED158949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Objective and Subjective Quality of Life Indicators: An Exploratory Analysis.
Nontasak, Tatree; Frese, Wolfgang
Accompanying rising affluence has been a gradual, consistent decline in reported levels of happiness. Crime rates, drug addiction, violence, and alienation show widespread dissatisfaction with aspects of life. Quality of life should therefore not be measured solely in terms of material wealth; psychological indicators should also be used. Data collected from 1,630 rural household heads (1,218 white, 369 black, 43 American Indian) in eight Southern states studied the nature of this relationship between objective and subjective quality of life measures. The study included three indexes: (1) an Objective Family Quality of Life covering socioeconomic status, leisure-time activity participation, and a level of living scale; (2) a Subjective Family Quality of Life showing satisfaction of the household head with his residence, income, and his perception of changes in his family situation; (3) a Subjective County Quality of Life measuring perception of changes in county economic opportunities, government, and services. Findings indicated mild positive correlation between objective and subjective family quality of life indices and between subjective family and subjective county quality of life indices. With the exception of white respondents, no relationship was found between objective family and subjective county quality of life indices. Lack of strong correlation suggests the inadvisibility of substituting one index for the other. (DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Objective Evaluation; Subjective Evaluation; United States (South)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (75th, Houston, Texas, 5-8 February, 1978)