Skip navigation
Skip navigation

An Integrative Approach to Quality of Life Measurement, Research, and Policy

Costanza, Robert; Fisher, Brendan; Ali, Saleem; Beer, Caroline; Bond, Lynne; Boumans, Roelof; Danigelis, Nicholas L.; Dickinson, Jennifer; Elliott, Carolyn; Farley, Joshua; Gayer, Diane Elliott; Glenn, Linda MacDonald; Hudspeth, Thomas R.; Mahoney, Dennis F.; McCahill, Laurence; McIntosh, Barbara; Reed, Brian; Rizvi, S. Abu Turab; Rizzo, Donna M.; Simpatico, Thomas; Snapp, Robert

Description

While Quality of Life (QOL) has long been an explicit or implicit policy goal, adequate definition and measurement have been elusive. Diverse "objective" and "subjective" indicators across a range of disciplines and scales, and recent work on subjective well-being (SWB) surveys and the psychology of happiness have spurred renewed interest. Drawing from multiple disciplines, we present an integrative definition of QOL that combines measures of human needs with subjective well-being or happiness....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCostanza, Robert
dc.contributor.authorFisher, Brendan
dc.contributor.authorAli, Saleem
dc.contributor.authorBeer, Caroline
dc.contributor.authorBond, Lynne
dc.contributor.authorBoumans, Roelof
dc.contributor.authorDanigelis, Nicholas L.
dc.contributor.authorDickinson, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorElliott, Carolyn
dc.contributor.authorFarley, Joshua
dc.contributor.authorGayer, Diane Elliott
dc.contributor.authorGlenn, Linda MacDonald
dc.contributor.authorHudspeth, Thomas R.
dc.contributor.authorMahoney, Dennis F.
dc.contributor.authorMcCahill, Laurence
dc.contributor.authorMcIntosh, Barbara
dc.contributor.authorReed, Brian
dc.contributor.authorRizvi, S. Abu Turab
dc.contributor.authorRizzo, Donna M.
dc.contributor.authorSimpatico, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorSnapp, Robert
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:45:45Z
dc.identifier.issn1993-3819
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/37861
dc.description.abstractWhile Quality of Life (QOL) has long been an explicit or implicit policy goal, adequate definition and measurement have been elusive. Diverse "objective" and "subjective" indicators across a range of disciplines and scales, and recent work on subjective well-being (SWB) surveys and the psychology of happiness have spurred renewed interest. Drawing from multiple disciplines, we present an integrative definition of QOL that combines measures of human needs with subjective well-being or happiness. QOL is proposed as a multiscale, multi-dimensional concept that contains interacting objective and subjective elements. We relate QOL to the opportunities that are provided to meet human needs in the forms of built, human, social and natural capital (in addition to time) and the policy options that are available to enhance these opportunities. Issues related to defining, measuring, and scaling these concepts are discussed, and a research agenda is elaborated. Policy implications include strategies for investing in opportunities to maximize QOL enhancement at the individual, community, and national scales.
dc.publisherRevues.org
dc.sourceS.A.P.I.EN.S
dc.titleAn Integrative Approach to Quality of Life Measurement, Research, and Policy
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume1
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor160807 - Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
local.identifier.absfor149902 - Ecological Economics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4430637xPUB154
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCostanza, Robert, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFisher, Brendan, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationAli, Saleem, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationBeer, Caroline, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationBond, Lynne, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationBoumans, Roelof, AFORDableFutures LLC
local.contributor.affiliationDanigelis, Nicholas L., University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationDickinson, Jennifer, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationElliott, Carolyn, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationFarley, Joshua, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics
local.contributor.affiliationGayer, Diane Elliott, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationGlenn, Linda MacDonald, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationHudspeth, Thomas R., University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationMahoney, Dennis F., University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationMcCahill, Laurence, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationMcIntosh, Barbara, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationReed, Brian, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationRizvi, S. Abu Turab, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationRizzo, Donna M., University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationSimpatico, Thomas, University of Vermont
local.contributor.affiliationSnapp, Robert, University of Vermont
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage16
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage21
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T10:54:46Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79953813604
CollectionsANU Research Publications

Download

File Description SizeFormat Image
01_Costanza_An_Integrative_Approach_to_2008.pdf220.55 kBAdobe PDF    Request a copy


Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Updated:  19 May 2020/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator