The distribution of quality of life in Australia

Weinberg, Melissa K. and Cummins, Robert A. 2015, The distribution of quality of life in Australia. In Glatzer, W., Camfield, L., Moller, V. and Rojas, M. (ed), Global handbook of quality of life: exploration of well-being of nations and continents, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.609-624, doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9178-6_28.

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Title The distribution of quality of life in Australia
Author(s) Weinberg, Melissa K.ORCID iD for Weinberg, Melissa K.
Cummins, Robert A.ORCID iD for Cummins, Robert A.
Title of book Global handbook of quality of life: exploration of well-being of nations and continents
Editor(s) Glatzer, W.
Camfield, L.
Moller, V.
Rojas, M.
Publication date 2015
Series International handbooks of quality-of-life
Chapter number 28
Start page 609
End page 624
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) Quality of Life
Summary  Australians enjoy a relatively high degree of life quality as judged by comparative international statistics. This chapter reviews the distribution of Quality of Life in Australia by considering both the objective and subjective wellbeing (SWB) of the Australian population. The review begins with an overview of objective circumstances, including income, social support, and life expectancy. It also considers the distribution of trust. Two extant measures of the subjective wellbeing of Australians are then reviewed, and it is revealed that SWB has demonstrated remarkably stable properties over the last 12 years. This chapter provides some insight into the properties of the measures and the theoretical construct of Subjective Wellbeing to explain fluctuations that occur for different components of SWB. Further, this chapter considers the demographic characteristics that are common to Australians with higher and lower SWB and offers a basis of research upon which future measures of population wellbeing can be founded
ISBN 9789401791779
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9178-6_28
Field of Research 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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