ERIC Number: ED081887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
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Developing Measures of Perceived Life Quality: Results from Several National Surveys.
Andrews, Frank M.; Withey, Stephen B.
This report presents the current status of a series of studies oriented toward the assessment of perceived life quality. A conceptual model developed here proposes that a person's overall sense of quality of life is understandable in terms of a combination of affective responses (i.e. evaluations) of life "domains." Life domains are of two types: role-situations and values. Although not tested by results reported here, it is hypothesized that the role-situations are evaluated in terms of the values, and--conversely--vice versa. However, one of the important results which is reported is that additive combinations of affective responses to domains provided moderately good explanations of people's overall sense of life quality. In an attempt to identify an appropriate set of domains, an extensive scan of several types of sources eventually led to the writing of 123 items to which people have been asked to give affective responses. Data came from several surveys of American adult. The surveys were each based on nationally representative probability samples which yielded between 1000 and 1500 respondents. Through a variety of mapping and clustering techniques, the 80-odd items from this total pool which had been included in surveys in May or November, 1972 were grouped into a smaller number of semi-independent clusters. These "clusters" (many of which include just a single item) constituted the domains of the model. (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
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Note: Paper presented at the American Sociological Association annual convention, New York, N. Y., August 1973