Qualitative Studies in Quality of Life

Methodology and Practice

  • Graciela Tonon

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Theory and Methodology

  3. Cases: Qualitative studies in quality of life in Geography, Health, Communities, Youth, Childhood and Yoga in Labor Life

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 239-240

About this book


This volume explores the use and relevance of qualitative methods for the study of quality of life. It analyzes the role of qualitative researcher and the role of the context and the culture in quality of life studies. It presents the use of qualitative methods in real projects carried out in specific fields: geography, health, community studies, labor life and yoga. Finally, the book proposes the use of mixed methods that are considered as the third methodological approach in social research.

The main purpose of using qualitative methods is to understand what it means for participants to be involved in certain events, situations and actions. Such methods help understand the context in which participants act and the influence of that context on their actions. The decision to use a particular methodology implies a philosophic, theoretical and political decision. Qualitative methodology constitutes an approach that is essential for understanding people’s experiences of well-being and discovering new issues related to quality of life.


Health Related Quality of Life Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Logical Positivism Quality of Labor Life Role of Context and Culture Role of the Qualitative Researcher

Editors and affiliations

  • Graciela Tonon
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora and Universidad de PalermoBuenos AiresArgentina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-13778-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-13779-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0099
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