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Moving from the quality of life concept to a theory

Cummins, Robert 2005, Moving from the quality of life concept to a theory, Journal of intellectual disability research, vol. 49, no. 10, pp. 699-706, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2005.00738.x.

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Title Moving from the quality of life concept to a theory
Author(s) Cummins, RobertORCID iD for Cummins, Robert orcid.org/0000-0001-9014-7193
Journal name Journal of intellectual disability research
Volume number 49
Issue number 10
Start page 699
End page 706
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0964-2633
1365-2788
Keyword(s) causal variable and outcome variables
subjective well-being
quality of life domains
quality of life conceptualization
homeostasis
Summary BACKGROUND: The Special Interest Quality of Life Group has updated its set of statements defining the quality of life (QOL) construct to reflect emerging areas of agreement and the framework for understanding better the QOL construct.
METHOD: This article examines the major areas currently under discussion involving the objective-subjective dichotomy, needs, and core domains.
RESULTS: It is concluded that while the new statements constitute a significant advance, further progress requires testable theory. In order to facilitate such future research, a conceptual model is proposed that distinguishes causal and indicator variables within the framework of a homeostatic management system.
CONCLUSION: Several lines of empirical investigation are suggested to test this and similar theoretical models with a view to taking our conceptualization of QOL to the next level.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2005.00738.x
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003209

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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