Subjective Measurement of Quality of Life Using Primary Data Collection and the Analysis of Survey Data

  • Rod McCreaEmail author
  • Robert W. Marans
  • Robert Stimson
  • John Western
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 45)


The subjective analysis of quality of life (QOL) was first systematized in the 1960s through the use of large-scale sample survey designs in which extensive data were collected on peoples’ evaluations of QOL domains. Domains typically included financial well-being, health, job, family and friends, leisure and place. Place domains were community, neighborhood and housing. More recently, sophisticated model frameworks have emerged in which QOUL is conceptualized as a composite of housing, neighborhood and community satisfaction together with regional satisfaction and their interrelationships. The chapter reviews the evolution of approaches to measuring, analyzing and modeling subjective QOL and QOUL and their theoretical bases, concluding with a reference to recent agent modeling approaches.


Life Satisfaction Urban Environment Subjective Evaluation Life Domain Subjective Importance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rod McCrea
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robert W. Marans
    • 2
  • Robert Stimson
    • 3
  • John Western
  1. 1.Institute for Social Science ResearchThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN), Faculty of Architecture, Building and PlanningUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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