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ERIC Number: EJ971562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Social Quality: A Way to Measure the Quality of Society
Abbott, Pamela; Wallace, Claire
Social Indicators Research, v108 n1 p153-167 Aug 2012
In this paper we suggest a way to measure the well-being of society based upon our own development of the Social Quality model. The Social Quality model has the advantage of being sociologically grounded as a measure of the well-being of society and the individuals within it. We test our model of Social Quality against life satisfaction as an indicator of how successful it is in delivering these aspirations. The model was tested on all European countries using the European Quality of Life Surveys in 2003 and 2007 and was found to explain a large amount of variance, which was consistent across time and space. We suggest that it is possible to operationalise this model using small number of variables, ones that are frequently used in comparative surveys and this should enable the quality of society to be measured in a parsimonious and effective way. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
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Language: English
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