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The Qualityity-of-Life (QOL) Research Movement: Past, Present, and Future

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  • M. Sirgy

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  • Alex Michalos
  • Abbott Ferriss
  • Richard Easterlin
  • Donald Patrick
  • William Pavot
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    The purpose of this paper is to trace the history of the social indicators or quality-of-life (QOL) research movement up to today, forecast future developments, and pave the way for future growth. Broadly speaking, we tried to review historical antecedents from the point of view of different disciplines, with specialists in each discipline preparing the basic text and co-authors helping to polish the material into a finished product. Briefly, we begin with an overview of the conceptual and philosophical foundations of our field of research. That is followed by a historical overview of the sociological roots of our field. In the third section, the main contributions from the discipline of economics are reviewed. Following that, the fourth section covers a historical overview of the literature on health-related quality of life is provided. Next, the history of QOL research from a marketing perspective is reviewed followed by a history from the perspectives of industrial/organizational psychology and management. Finally, we offer some forecasts for future QOL studies that are intended not only to predict what might happen, but to encourage, stimulate and motivate researchers to undertake new initiatives. Copyright Springer 2006

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Indicators Research.

    Volume (Year): 76 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 (05)
    Pages: 343-466

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