ERIC Number: EJ723065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 8
Cross-Cultural Study of Person-Centred Quality of Life Domains and Indicators: A Replication
Jenaro, C.; Verdugo, M. A.; Caballo, C.; Balboni, G.; Lachapelle, Y.; Otrebski, W.; Schalock, R. L.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v49 n10 p734-739 Oct 2005
Background: The increased use of the quality of life (QOL) concept internationally suggests the need to evaluate its etic (universal) and emic (culture-bound) properties. This study replicated and expanded a previous cross-cultural study on QOL. Method: The three respondent groups (consumers, parents and professionals; total n = 781) were from four European countries: France, Belgium, Italy and Poland. The Cross Cultural Survey of Quality of Life Indicators was used to assess the importance and use of eight core dimensions of QOL. Two hypotheses were tested: (1) the etic properties would be demonstrated if there were similar profiles for the respondent and geographical groups, and if indicators grouped into the proposed QOL domains; and (2) the emic properties would be demonstrated if there were significant differences on scores across groups. Results: Results supported both hypotheses. Conclusion: The present study replicated the findings of a large cross-cultural study that the QOL construct has both etic and emic properties.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Quality of Life, Cross Cultural Studies, Mental Retardation, Evaluation Methods, Hypothesis Testing, Cultural Influences, Measurement Techniques
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; France; Italy; Poland