ISBN-10:
9048191475
ISBN-13:
9789048191475
Pub. Date:
07/28/2010
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Approaches to Improving the Quality of Life: How to Enhance the Quality of Life / Edition 1

Approaches to Improving the Quality of Life: How to Enhance the Quality of Life / Edition 1

by Abbott L. Ferriss

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ISBN-13: 9789048191475
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 07/28/2010
Series: Social Indicators Research Series , #42
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

1 Survival of the Species 1

Factors Leading to Extension 2

Fertility 2

Factors Leading to Exhaustion 4

Suicide 4

Disease 5

Disasters 6

War 7

Genocide 7

Religious Conflict 8

Tribal Extinction 9

Family Violence 9

Conclusion: Factors Promoting Survival 10

2 Social Acceptance 11

Mental Health 11

Spiritual Experiences 12

Lower Mortality 13

Trends 13

Social System 13

Family 14

Child Socialization 14

Offspring Defects 14

Homosexuality 15

Teen Pregnancy 15

Friendship 16

Group Participation 16

Group Structure 17

Headaches 18

Leisure Time 19

3 Mastery 21

Free Markets 21

Income 22

Success 23

Poverty 24

Child Poverty 25

Materialism 26

Religion 26

Small Business Loans 26

Employment 27

Summary of Initiatives 28

4 Affective Autonomy 29

Role Behavior 30

Role Conflict 30

Emotion 30

Income and Happiness 31

National Income and Happiness 32

Happiness Concisely Considered 32

GSS Happiness 35

Age and Happiness 36

Opinions/Altitudes 36

Values and QOL 38

Motivation 38

The National Mood 39

Love 40

Summary of Initiatives 41

5 Intellectual Autonomy 43

Literacy 43

Education, Free Expression 44

Educating the Child 44

Flourishing 45

Creativity in Problem Solving 46

Working with Conflict: Written Dr. Margaret S. Herrman 47

Suggestions for Confronting Positively 48

Conclusion 50

6 Harmony 51

Toxins 52

Land Pollution 52

Water 53

Global Warming 53

Meat 54

Other Energy Sources 55

Electricity 55

A Five-Step Plan 56

Urban Renewal 57

Humans Adapt 58

Summary of Actions Needed 58

Technology 58

7 Conservatism 61

Violence 61

Conflict 62

Poverty 62

Identity Theft 64

Criminal Justice System 65

Battered Women 67

Summary of Steps to Maintain Order 68

8 Hierarchy 69

Stratification 69

Social Class 70

Homelessness 71

The Lower Segment 72

Summary 73

9 Egalitarian Commitment 75

Civil Liberties 75

Southern Poverty Law Center 76

B'nai B'rith International 77

Social Capital 78

Social Cohesion 80

Civil Rights 80

Reconciliation 81

Human Rights 82

Social Change and Anomie 83

Morality 84

Distributive Justice 84

Religious Radicalism 85

Summary of Initiatives to Improve QOL 85

10 Health 87

Socioeconomic Influences 88

Life Expectancy 89

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 89

Medical Technologies 90

Alternative Treatments 90

Mental Illness 92

Stress 94

Overweight, Obesity 94

Prevention 96

Alcoholism 97

Cigarettes 100

Exercise 102

Nutrition 103

Health Summary 105

11 Toward the Good Life in a Good Society 107

Values 107

Social Quality 108

Happiness 108

Peace 109

Security 109

Plagues and Pandemics 110

Religion 110

Demographic Growth 112

Social and Individual Factors 112

Self-destruction 112

Domestic Violence 113

Mental Health 113

Physical Health 113

Socializing the Child 114

Community and Neighborhood 114

Leisure Time 114

The Good Society 115

12 Interventions 117

Mukherjee 118

Community Forums on Social Indicators 118

Other Interventions 119

Southern Poverty Law Center 120

Anti-defamation League 121

Anti-materialism 122

Economic Policies 122

Buddhism 122

Hinduism 123

Confucianism 123

Christianity 125

Public Policies 126

The Mayo Clinic 126

The Government in Industrial Democracies 127

Foundations 127

Interventions 129

Organization and Policy 129

Interpersonal 130

References 131

Index 141

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