Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

2014 Edition
| Editors: Alex C. Michalos

Physical Well-Being

  • Catherine M. CapioEmail author
  • Cindy H. P. Sit
  • Bruce Abernethy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_2166


Physical well-being consists of the ability to perform physical activities and carry out social roles that are not hindered by physical limitations and experiences of bodily pain, and biological health indicators.


 Quality of life has been established as a multifaceted concept and health is one of its contributory factors (Guyatt, Feeny, & Patrick, 1993).  Health has been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “a state of complete physical, mental and  social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO, 2007, p. 1). With such an encompassing definition of health, quality of life issues have increasingly gained importance in health practice and research.

The concept of health-related quality of life (HRQL) includes the dimensions of  physical function, psychological function, social function, and health perceptions (Wilson & Cleary, 1995). These dimensions, in turn, guide the conceptualization of HRQL measurements. HRQL measures...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine M. Capio
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cindy H. P. Sit
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bruce Abernethy
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Human PerformanceThe University of Hong KongHong KongPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Sports Science and Physical EducationThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.School of Human Movement SciencesUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia