An alternative measure of social wellbeing: analysing the key conceptual and statistical components of quality of life

Boreham, Paul, Povey, Jenny and Tomaszewski, Wojtek (2013) An alternative measure of social wellbeing: analysing the key conceptual and statistical components of quality of life. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 48 2: 151-172.

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Author Boreham, Paul
Povey, Jenny
Tomaszewski, Wojtek
Title An alternative measure of social wellbeing: analysing the key conceptual and statistical components of quality of life
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
1839-4655
Publication date 2013-10-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 151
End page 172
Total pages 22
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Statisticians, policy makers and social researchers widely accept that there is a need to consider a more nuanced range of measures of quality of life that move beyond the economic domain and that take into account key aspects of an individual’s life circumstances. Using data from an Australian household survey, a composite Wellbeing Index was created that covered objective circumstances, with known associations to wellbeing, evaluated from the individual’s subjective viewpoint. The robustness of the measure comes from the fact that while covering a broad range of key dimensions, the index only includes the items deemed important components of wellbeing by a majority of respondents. The index was then used to explore the extent to which wellbeing is associated with other dimensions of quality of life that have currency in the contemporary literature. The study contributes to the contemporary debate on social wellbeing and adds new Australian evidence to a body of research that has been mainly based on European and American data.
Keyword Economic deprivation
Income
Quality of life
Social cohesion
Social exclusion
Social wellbeing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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