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Further Distinctions Among Major Subjective QOL Concepts

  • M. Joseph Sirgy
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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 50)

Abstract

This chapter describes a plethora of studies that have closely examined distinctions among subjective quality-of-life (QOL) concepts, such as those that were spelled out in the previous chapter. I will start out with the distinction between subjective and objective QOL; then I will move to the distinction between input and outcome indicators of QOL, followed by the distinction between inner and outer aspects of QOL. Then I will shift gears and describe studies that have focused on making a clear distinction between happiness and life satisfaction. Following this discussion, I will describe the concept of subjective well-being as an umbrella concept incorporating both affective and cognitive dimensions of QOL. Finally, I will describe studies that have distinguished between subjective well-being and eudaimonia and its variants.

Keywords

Life Satisfaction Negative Affect Positive Affect Life Domain Objective Indicator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Joseph Sirgy
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  1. 1.Department of Marketing Pamplin College of BusinessVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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