Conceptual principles of quality of life: an empirical exploration

Bramston, Paul and Chipuer, Heather M. and Pretty, Grace (2005) Conceptual principles of quality of life: an empirical exploration. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49 (10). pp. 728-733. ISSN 0964-2633

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[Structured summary]: Background: Quality of life is a popular measure of outcomes and its widespread use
has led to recent calls for a better understanding of the construct, emphasising the
need to build a substantial body of knowledge around what determines perceptions of
life quality. Some conceptual principles are examined in this study.
Method: Self-ratings of life quality and three likely determinants at an individual level
(stress), an interactional level (social support) and a community level (neighbourhood
belonging) were used. Two groups of young adults from an urban community
participated, one identified as having an intellectual disability.
Results: Young adults with intellectual disability rated their satisfaction with health
significantly higher and intimacy and community involvement lower than the
comparison group. Social support emerged as the strongest predictor of life
satisfaction across both groups.
Conclusion: The conceptual principles of subjective quality of life provide a useful
framework to discuss findings and to stimulate further research.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited according to Publisher's requirements.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: conceptual principles, quality of life, intellectual disability, stress
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology

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