Social indicators of perceived life quality
- Frank M. Andrews
- … show all 1 hide
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.Get Access
Modern societies in both developing and developed countries have real and legitimate concerns about the enhancement, maintenance, and redistribution of individual well-being. Indicators of perceived well-being provide direct measures of what societies are trying to achieve, permit cross-sector comparisons, can indicate the adequacy of coverage of ‘objective’ indicators, and can contribute to social policy making. in both the long and short run. Some commentators, however, have suggested perceptual indicators suffer from methodological weaknesses associated with their validity, interpretability, completeness, and utility. Each of these possible weaknesses is addressed in some detail. New research evidence and certain philosophical perspectives are presented, and it is concluded that none of these presumed weaknesses is sufficient to invalidate the development and use of perceptual indicators. Suggestions are made concerning methodological research needed to support the development of indicators of perceived well-being. It is noted that the materials and results developed in the author's research on Americans' perceptions of life quality may be useful for suggesting approaches to the development of indicators of perceived life quality relevant to other cultures.
- Allardt, E.: 1973, ‘About Dimensions of Welfare: An Exploratory Analysis of a Comparative Scandinavian Study’, University of Helsinki, Research group for comparative sociology, Research report No. 1.
- Abrams, M.: 1974, ‘This Britain: A Contented Nation?’, New Society, February 21, 1974.
- Andrews, F. M.: 1973, ‘Social Indicators and Socioeconomic Development’, Journal of Developing Areas 8, 3–12.
- Andrews, F. M. and Withey, S. B.: 1974a, ‘Developing Measures of Perceived Life Quality: Results from Several National Surveys’, Social Indicator Research 1, 1–26.
- Andrews, F. M. and Withey, S. B.: 1974b, ‘Assessing the Quality of Life as People Perceive It’, Paper prepared for presentation to the annual convention of the American Sociological Association, Montreal.
- Campbell, A. and Converse, P. E.: 1972, The Human Meaning of Social Change, Russell Sage Foundation, New York.
- Campbell, A., Converse, P. E., and Rodgers, W.: 1975, The Quality of American Life. Ann Arbor, Michigan, Institute for Social Research (in preparation).
- Cantril, H.: 1965, The Pattern of Human Concerns, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
- Cantril, H.: 1967, The Human Dimension: Experience in Policy Research, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
- Dalkey, N. C.: 1972, Studies in the Quality of Life, Heath and Company, Lexington, Mass., D.C.
- Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and the Budget: 1973, Social Indicators 1973, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington.
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: 1973, List of Social Concerns Common to Most OECD Countries, OECD, Paris.
- Scott, W., Argalias, H., and McGranahan, D. V.: 1973, The Measurement of Real Progress at the Local Level: Examples From the Literature and a Pilot Study, UNRISD, Geneva.
- Social indicators of perceived life quality
Social Indicators Research
Volume 1, Issue 3 , pp 279-299
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Kluwer Academic Publishers
- Additional Links
- Industry Sectors
- Frank M. Andrews (1)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, USA