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Quality of Life and Well-Being Ranking of Selected Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Abstract

Quality of life (QoL) is a multidimensional concept encompassing many aspects of an individual’s existence. It is not just a measure of material resources but of intangible environments which affect quality of life. The study concentrates on the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, and looks at the QoL and well-being in thirteen districts representing the province’s major population. It followed an integrative approach to measuring quality of life. Principal component analysis was used to tackle with multidimensionality. Weighted factor scores were used as an index for ranking QoL and well-being on the basis of social indicators chosen in different life domains. The results show that districts having high urban disposition top the ranks in QoL in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, like Peshawar, Mardan, Swat and Charsadda, while Bannu, Kohat and Lower Dir fall amongst the bottom districts in terms of QoL. The rural/urban ranking also follows similar patterns with a few exceptions.

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Alam, D.W., Amin, A. Quality of Life and Well-Being Ranking of Selected Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Soc Indic Res 137, 527–537 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-017-1654-9

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Keywords

  • Quality of life
  • Wellbeing
  • Districts
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Ranking