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Social Indicators Research Series

The Psychology of Quality of Life

Authors: Sirgy, Joseph

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The purpose of this book is to make an effort to bring together a body of research on the subjective aspects of quality of life ("subjective well being", "happiness", "life satisfaction", "perceived quality of life") by starting out with Wilson's (1968) theory of avowed happiness. I build on Wilson's theory by applying diverse but selected fmdings from the ever-burgeoning quality-of-life literature. Wilson's theory of happiness can be captured by two key postulates. These were summarised by Diener, Suh, Lucas, and Smith (1999). They stated that fulfilment of needs causes happiness, whereas the persistence of unfulfilled needs causes unhappiness. The degree of need fulfillment required to produce satisfaction depends on the adaptation level of the needs, which is influenced by past experience, comparisons with others, personal values, among others. Well, the literature on the subjective aspects of quality of life has grown by leaps and bounds since 1967. Diener (1984) and Diener et al. (1999) did a greatjob reviewing a small part of this voluminous and growing literature. But the literature remains quite fragmented. It needs synthesis and integration. Furthermore, the literature needs to answer the "so what" question. I make an attempt in this book to pull the literature together. I do so by providing a common theoretical language that serves to establish a nomological network.

About the authors

M. Joseph Sirgy is a personality/social/industrial psychologist who has written extensively on the subject of quality-of-life. He is the director of the Office of Quality-of-Life Measurement (OQOLM) and a professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the USA. He is also the executive director of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS).

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"The number of research papers about subjective aspects of the quality of life is increasing fast. … Sirgy succeeds in bringing synthesis and integration in the field. … The book is a rare combination of a self-help book and a review of the literature … . useful for anyone who would like to make a theory about subjective well being or who would like to write a serious self-help book. … offers the fundament for a real psychology of quality of life." (Ad Bergsma, Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 9, 2008)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Psychology of Quality of Life
Authors
Series Title
Social Indicators Research Series
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9904-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9904-7
Series ISSN
1387-6570
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 281
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