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International and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Quality of Life in Old Age: Conceptual Issues

  • Alan Walker
  • Heidrun Mollenkopf
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 31)

Quality of life (QoL) is a multidimensional, holistic construct assessed from many different perspectives and by many disciplines. Moreover, the concept of QoL can be applied to practically all important domains of life. Thus, QoL research has to include social, environmental, structural, and health-related aspects, and be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. This holds even more when QoL in old age is the focus because ageing itself is a multidimensional process. General QoL studies have used age for many years as a social category like gender or social class, but apart from a few exceptions (e.g. Diener and Suh, 1997; Michalos, 1986; Michalos et al., 2001) they have largely neglected older people.

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Life Satisfaction Older People Social Indicator Research Multidisciplinary Perspective Flexible Goal Adjustment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Walker
    • 1
  • Heidrun Mollenkopf
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Social and Environmental GerontologyUniversity of HeidelbergGermany

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