Quality of life in Australia

Cummins, Robert A., Woerner, Jacqueline, Tomyn, Adrian and Gibson-Prosser, Adele 2012, Quality of life in Australia, in Handbook of social indicators and quality of life research, Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp.459-472.

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Title Quality of life in Australia
Author(s) Cummins, Robert A.
Woerner, Jacqueline
Tomyn, Adrian
Gibson-Prosser, Adele
Title of book Handbook of social indicators and quality of life research
Editor(s) Land, Kenneth C.
Michalos, Alex C.
Sirgy, Joseph M.
Publication date 2012
Chapter number 21
Total chapters 26
Start page 459
End page 472
Total pages 14
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Summary This chapter describes some aspects of life quality in Australia. The data for the initial overview have come from various sources. Following this general introduction, the chapter concentrates on two areas of Australian life that are key to subjective wellbeing. Using the combined data base from 24 surveys using the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, we identified the happiest and the saddest groups in Australia as defined by their demographic profile. The highest wellbeing groups comprise people who have both a partner and a decent level of wealth. The lowest wellbeing groups are people with no partner, who have a low income and who are unemployed. The chapter then concentrates on the two common, defining elements of the highest and lowest groups as money and relationships. The results are interpreted in terms of data norms, homeostasis theory and possible causal agents. It is concluded that the results generally conform to the predictions of homeostasis and offer signposts as to the kinds of structural changes that influence population wellbeing.
ISBN 9400724209
9789400724204
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2012, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047687

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