Reframing Disability and Quality of Life: Contextual Nuances

  • Narelle WarrenEmail author
  • Lenore Manderson
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 52)


Research conducted with people living with a long-term condition or disability has relied primarily on quantitative instrumentation to determine quality of life. While quantitative instruments allow summary assessments of how health conditions impact upon people’s well-being, physical functioning, mental and emotional health, and social participation, they cannot provide insights into how and why assess their conditions under different personal circumstances and community conditions. Prior to introducing the chapters in this book, we expand on the importance of ethnographic and other qualitative research for a richer understanding of disability and quality of life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology and PsychiatryMonash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia

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