Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research

  • Kenneth C. Land
  • Alex C. Michalos
  • M. Joseph Sirgy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Alex C. Michalos, Steven R. Robinson
    Pages 23-61
  3. Robert A. Cummins, Anna L. D. Lau, Melanie T. Davern
    Pages 79-98
  4. Corey L. M. Keyes, Barbara L. Fredrickson, Nansook Park
    Pages 99-112
  5. Ed Diener, William Tov
    Pages 137-157
  6. John P. Robinson, Steven Martin
    Pages 159-179
  7. Filomena Maggino, Bruno D. Zumbo
    Pages 201-238
  8. Jason D. Edgerton, Lance W. Roberts, Susanne von Below
    Pages 265-296
  9. M. Joseph Sirgy, Nora P. Reilly, Jiyun Wu, David Efraty
    Pages 297-311
  10. Ralph L. Piedmont, Philip H. Friedman
    Pages 313-329
  11. Dong-Jin Lee, M. Joseph Sirgy
    Pages 331-354
  12. E. Scott Huebner, Rich Gilman, Claudia Ma
    Pages 355-372
  13. Elizabeth Eckermann
    Pages 373-380
  14. Laura Camfield
    Pages 399-432

About this book


The aim of the Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research is to create an overview of the field of Quality of Life (QOL) studies in the early years of the 21st century that can be updated and improved upon as the field evolves and the century unfolds.

Social indicators are statistical time series “…used to monitor the social system, helping to identify changes and to guide intervention to alter the course of social change”. Examples include unemployment rates, crime rates, estimates of life expectancy, health status indices, school enrollment rates, average achievement scores, election voting rates, and measures of subjective well-being such as satisfaction with life-as-a-whole and with specific domains or aspects of life.

This book provides a review of the historical development of the field including the history of QOL in medicine and mental health as well as the research related to quality-of-work-life (QWL) programs. It discusses several of QOL main concepts: happiness, positive psychology, and subjective wellbeing. Relations between spirituality and religiousness and QOL are examined as are the effects of educational attainment on QOL and marketing, and the associations with economic growth. The book goes on to investigate methodological approaches and issues that should be considered in measuring and analysing quality of life from a quantitative perspective. The final chapters are dedicated to research on elements of QOL in a broad range of countries and populations.


Child and Youth Well-Being Composite Index Construction Consumer Well-Being Positive Psychology Quality of Life Studies Quality of Life and Adults Quality of Life and Education Quality of Life in Australia Quality of Life in Developed Nations Quality of Life in Latin America Quality of Life in Muslim populations Quality of Life of Children Subjective Well-Being

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth C. Land
    • 1
  • Alex C. Michalos
    • 2
  • M. Joseph Sirgy
    • 3
  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2., Faculty of ArtsBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada
  3. 3.Pamlin College of Business, Dept. MarketingVirginia Polytechnic InstituteBlacksburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-2421-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2420-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2421-1
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