The Psychology of Quality of Life

  • Lenderking W
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So far, I have covered several life domains: work life, material life, social life, family life, marital life, health life, and leisure life. I have described the psychology of well-being in the context of these domains. These domains can be viewed as highly salient to the vast majority of people. In other words, the sense of overall well-being is very much dependent of the sense of well-being in the aforementioned domains. There are other domains that may play an important role the subjective aspects of QOL, but these tend to vary in salience. Examples include spiritual life, political life, national life, environmental life, and educational life. Some people tend to engage in activities that make these domains highly salient and hence contribute significantly to one’s overall sense of well-being. In other words, these domains are not universal in their impact on subjective well-being. They tend to impact some people, not others. This chapter is devoted to these domains that are less universal.




Lenderking, W. R. (2005). The Psychology of Quality of Life. Quality of Life Research, 14(5), 1439–1441.

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