Human Suffering and Quality of Life

Conceptualizing Stories and Statistics

  • Ronald E. Anderson

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 101-105

About this book


This brief on human suffering adds to understanding of suffering by contextualizing both stories and statistics on pain and suffering, while showing that suffering adds a useful perspective to contemporary thought and research on quality of life, social well-being, and measures of societal progress. The scholarship on suffering is made more comprehensible in the book by using nine different conceptual frames that have been used for making sense of suffering. The primary focus of this work is with the last frame, the quality of life frame. Overall, these chapters show for the first time how the research on quality of life and well-being can be enhanced by embracing human suffering.


Individual and Global Burden Integrating empirical traditions Integrating humanitarian traditions Measuring Human Suffering Narratives of Pain and Suffering Notion of Global Suffering Quality of Life Research and Human Suffering Specific Types of Suffering Suffering and Gender Inequality Suffering and Social Supports Thinking about Suffering Widening of Care Divides World Suffering

Authors and affiliations

  • Ronald E. Anderson
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  1. 1.University of MinnesotaWayzataUSA

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