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Using the personal wellbeing index in Lao PDR : issues of equivalence

Eckermann, E. 2006, Using the personal wellbeing index in Lao PDR : issues of equivalence, in ISA 2006 : The Quality of Social Existence in a Globalizing World : Proceedings of the 16th ISA World Congress of Sociology, University of Calgary. Dept of Sociology, Calgary, Canada.

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Title Using the personal wellbeing index in Lao PDR : issues of equivalence
Author(s) Eckermann, E.ORCID iD for Eckermann, E. orcid.org/0000-0002-4908-5629
Conference name International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology (16th : 2006 : Durban, South Africa)
Conference location Durban, South Africa
Conference dates 23-29 Jul. 2006
Title of proceedings ISA 2006 : The Quality of Social Existence in a Globalizing World : Proceedings of the 16th ISA World Congress of Sociology
Publication date 2006
Publisher University of Calgary. Dept of Sociology
Place of publication Calgary, Canada
Summary Lao PDR is one of the 50 countries included in the International Wellbeing Group study which uses Cummin's (2001) Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI) to draw cross-national comparisons of subjective wellbeing. Lau, Cummins & McPherson (2005) found a statistically significant difference in PWI scores between Australian & Hong Kong. They ask whether this is a real reflection of lower quality of life in Hong Kong or whether there exists a cultural response bias which predisposes the Hong Kong population to be less willing to admit to high levels of satisfaction in the seven domains of the index. If the difference reflects cultural response bias, what factors contribute to that bias & how common is this phenomenon in the countries of South-east Asia & IndoChina? The paper addresses these questions with particular attention to Lao PDR where responses to the PWI from both urban & rural populations suggest a similar reticence about expressing high levels of satisfaction. The paper explores the sources of resistance to reporting positive subjective wellbeing & what adaptations may be needed to the Index to allow for such bias.
Notes Conference program : http://www.sociology2006.org.za/dbphp/index.php
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014710

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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