Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research.pdf
Prof. Alex Michalos currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brandon University. He is also the Director of Research for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and Emeritus Professor in Political Science at his former institution, the University of Northern British Columbia. Michalos has published 24 books, over 100 refereed articles, and founded or co-founded seven scholarly journals. Among the seven, he is Editor in Chief for the Journal of Business Ethics, the most frequently cited journal in the world devoted to business ethics, and Social Indicators Research, the first scholarly journal devoted to quality of life research. He is married to Dr. Deborah Poff, President and Vice-Chancellor of Brandon University.
Philosophic/religious views of the good life.- Social indicators/social reporting in the relatively objective indicator tradition.- Subjective well-being/happiness tradition.- Data collection: single case, focus groups, sample surveys.- Scales and index construction.- Quality of life of the elderly.- Quality of life of children and adolescents.- Quality of life and disabilities.- Community (diverse sizes and kinds) quality of life.- Income, consumption and quality of life.- Gender and qol.- Work and the quality of life.- Marriage and family quality.- Religion/spirituality and quality of life.- Leisure activities and quality of life.- Health and Health-related quality of life.- Sex and the quality of life.- Travel/tourism and quality of life.- Politics, government and the quality of life.- Art (painting, sculpture, drama, literature, architecture) and quality of life.- Environmental quality and the quality of life.- Urban development, planning and the quality of life.- Sustainable development and the quality of life.
The aim of this encyclopedia is to provide a comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life, including health-related quality of life research or also called patient-reported outcomes research. Since the 1960s two over-lapping but fairly distinct research communities and traditions have developed concerning ideas about the quality of life, individually and collectively, one with a fairly narrow focus on health-related issues and one with a quite broad focus. In many ways, the central issues of these fields have roots extending to the observations and speculations of ancient philosophers, creating a continuous exploration by diverse explorers in diverse historic and cultural circumstances over several centuries of the qualities of human existence. What we have not had so far is a single, multidimensional reference work connecting the most salient and important contributions to the relevant fields. Entries are organized alphabetically and cover basic concepts, relatively well-established facts, lawlike and causal relations, theories, methods, standardized tests, biographic entries on significant figures, organizational profiles, indicators and indexes of qualities of individuals and of communities of diverse sizes, including rural areas, towns, cities, counties, provinces, states, regions, countries and groups of countries.