Social Indicators of Well-Being

Americans’ Perceptions of Life Quality

  • Frank M. Andrews
  • Stephen B. Withey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 1-24
  3. Developing Indicators of Perceived Well-Being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 27-61
    3. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 63-106
    4. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 107-149
    5. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 151-173
    6. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 175-217
    7. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 219-245
  4. Well-Being in the United States: Americans’ Perceptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 249-281
    3. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 283-307
    4. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 309-335
  5. Future Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Frank M. Andrews, Stephen B. Withey
      Pages 339-357
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 359-455

About this book

Introduction

This is a study about perceptions of well-being. Its purpose is to investigate how these perceptions are organized in the minds of different groups of American adults, to find valid and efficient ways of measuring these percep­ tions, to suggest ways these measurement methods could be implemented to yield a series of social indicators, and to provide some initial readings on these indicators; i.e., some information about the levels of well-being perceived by Americans. The findings are based on data from more than five thousand Americans and include results from four separate representative samplings of the American population. One of the ways our research is unusual is that it includes a major methodological component. Typical surveys involve a modest effort at instru­ ment development, the application of the instrument to a group of respondents, and an analysis of the resulting data that mainly describes the people studied. Our work, however, was implemented in a series of sequential cycles, each of which consisted of conceptual development, instrument design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Ideas and findings generated in prior cycles affected the design of subsequent cycles.

Keywords

Design Nation demography development education evaluation information interaction nature organization perception quality of life service social indicators well-being

Authors and affiliations

  • Frank M. Andrews
    • 1
  • Stephen B. Withey
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-2253-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-2255-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-2253-5
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