This volume is concerned with quality of life, and focuses on subjective well-being (people's own evaluations of their lives in terms of happiness and satisfaction). The first section focuses on theories of subjective well-being, and on testing these theories. The second section of the volume concentrates on how work, unemployment, and income influence subjective well-being. The third section of the book concerns two important institutions that have an impact on people's well-being - the health care and political systems. Authors from diverse disciplines present their views and research concerning quality of life, and focus on subjective well-being (people's happiness and satisfaction). The chapters cover topics ranging from theories of happiness, and data bearing on these theories, to the organization of the political system. Income, work, health care, and leisure are considered as they influence well-being. The effects of temperament, people's values and goals, and life events are also treated. There is an international flavor to the volume, with authors from several nations and data gathered from diverse societies. The findings of the volume are relevant to academic researchers as well as to those working in applied areas who want to improve quality of life.
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Table of Contents
Preface. Section I: Tests of Theories of Subjective Well-Being. Two versions of the American Dream: Which goals and values make for a high quality of life? T. Kasser. Stability in Components and Predictors of Subjective Well-being (SWB): Implications for SWB Structure; A. Kozma, S. Stone. An Integrative Explanation for Quality of Life: Development and Test of a Structural Model; K.L. Cranzin, L.M. Haggard. Sense of Well-being and Perceived Quality of Life in Calcutta; S.K. Dasgupta, S. Majumdar. Section II: Subjective Well-Being and Work: Income, Employment, and Job Satisfaction. The relationship between income, changes in income and life-satisfaction in West Germany and the Russian Federation: absolute, relative, or a combination of both? P. Schyns. Job Satisfaction, Wages, and Allocation of Men and Women; W. Groot, H. Maassen van den Brink. The Job/Life Satisfaction Relationship Among Professional Accountants: Psychological Determinants and Demographic Differences; D. Efraty, et al. Social Participation and Subjective Well-being of Long-term Unemployed: Why is Paid Work so Hard to Substitute for? A.C. van Bruggen. Home-based Employment and Quality of Life: A Time-use Analysis; W. Michelson. Section III: Societal Institutions of Quality of Life: Health Care Assessment and Political Representation. Improving Mental and Physical Health Care Through Quality of Life Therapy and Assessment; W.B. Frisch. Democratic Governance: the Need for Equal Representation of Women; D. Paul.