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Exploring concepts of child well-beingImplications for children's services$
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Nick Axford

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420657

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420657.001.0001

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Quality of life

Quality of life

(p.59) five Quality of life
Exploring concepts of child well-being

Nick Axford

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the concept of quality of life (QoL) property and different approaches to measure it. QoL is defined as ‘subjective well-being and personal growth in a healthy and prosperous environment’. The study described in this book used a holistic measure of QoL that is multidimensional, and goes further than financial and material items to include recreation, enrichment, and happiness. Attention is focused on factors known to contribute to subjective well-being, as well as on evidence of emotional state visible to parents or carers, for instance distress or depression.

Keywords:   QoL, child well-being, personal growth, holistic measure, happiness

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