Elderly and QOL

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


This chapter will describe research related to the psychology of QOL of the elderly. The chapter begins by providing the reader a basic understanding of how QOL of the elderly is conceptualized and measured. Then, we will move to mining the QOL literature regarding factors that impact elderly subjective well-being.


Life Satisfaction Positive Affect Affective Dimension International Social Survey Program High Positive Affect 
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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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