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March 19, 2015

Social Indicators Research, Vol. 121, Issue 2

Social Indicators Research, Volume 121 Number 2 is now available online at SpringerLink (ToC).

March 14, 2015

Tuesday lunch webinar on How to Add Positive Psychology to Your Practice


A free webinar on How to Add Positive Psychology to Your Practice in therapy or coaching  will take place this Tuesday at 1pm EST; to register go to:  https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=y3sm199wzboi .

Participants will learn how to conduct Quality of Life Therapy and how to use  the Quality of Life Inventory or QOLI.

These approaches are featured in the upcoming John Wiley & Sons book, The Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology, edited by Alex Wood and Judith Johnson, as one of the very few comprehensive and evidence-based approaches to Positive Psychology [aka Well-Being] Intervention and Assessment in the world.



Research developments…

There is a nationwide VA Grant-Funded Study using the Quality of Life Inventory or QOLI:



A Third NIH-grant funded study of Quality of Life Therapy is underway:



Other Randomized controlled trials are being planned and conducted both in and outside of the USA.


Note:  The Quality of Life Therapy approach to positive psychology intervention has been characterized as pioneering and evidence-based by Marty Seligman and others:

Rashid, T. & Seligman, M. (2014).  Positive psychotherapy (pp. 466; 461-498).  In Raymond J. Corsini (Author), Danny WeddingCurrent Psychotherapies (10th Ed.).  Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.  ISBN: 978-1-285-08371-1.

Compton, W.C. & Hoffman, E. (2013, pp. 47).  Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing (2nd Edition).  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. ISBN-13: 978-1111834128.

Carr, A. (2011, pages 341-342).  Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths (2nd Edition).  NY: Routledge.  ISBN-13: 978-0415602358.


Dr. Michael B. Frisch
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Baylor University
One Bear Place 97334
Waco, Texas  76798
Phone direct:  254-710-2252 has voicemail
Phone department: 254-710-2961
Email:  michael_b_frisch@baylor.edu
Website:  http://sites.baylor.edu/michael_b_frisch/

Well-Being Test, "Quality of LIfe Inventory or/"QOLI®" at  http://psychcorp.pearsonassessments.com/HAIWEB/Cultures/en-us/Productdetail.htm?Pid=PAg511

Research Supported Positive Psychology:
Quality of Life Therapy and Coaching book/manual :

Research Articles/RCTs:

March 9, 2015

Appeal for support for QOL (Dissertation) research in Northern Kenya


my name is Gladys Mwangi. I am in my final year of my doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Daystar University in Kenya. I am looking for funding support to undertake my dissertation research:

The experimental research aims to establish the effectiveness of psycho-education on the quality of life for people with anxiety, depression and alcohol use. The target population of my study is the Maasai community located in Laikipia North (an arid area).

Findings of this study will be useful to inform the mental health arena in Kenya, add onto existing literature on quality of life, provide evidence for improving psycho-education programs in resource poor and marginalized communities.

Thanks for your support.

March 5, 2015

New: MA in Sustainable Communities & Development

The University of Ireland Galway has launched the MA in Sustainable Communities & Development by the School of Political Science and Sociology.

This new comprehensive programme includes a range of innovative and interdisciplinary modules, focusing on key areas of:

  • sustainable development and resilient communities;
  • urban livability, planning and technology;
  • social support and sustainability;
  • project development, social/public policy influence and communication.

Here is the information flyer.

The new Programme is being delivered as a one year full-time or two year part-time option.

For more details, see http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/sustainable-communities-development.html

or contact Dr Brian McGrath, brian.mcgrath@nuigalway.ie



The call for papers is open. Extended Deadline: 20 th March, 2015.

ISA-RC55 Mid-term Conference

Padua (ITALY), 17 th and 18 th September, 2015.

The conference will focus on recent developments in synthesizing indicators and, more generally, in quantifying complex phenomena. It will also identify important problems and new research directions in the field of social indicators. The conference will include the round table " The role of composite indicators in the data revolution",

Chair: Enrico Giovannini, and the guest lectures of Alberto Peruzzi ("Much ado about complexity: What remains after noise removal?") and Kenneth Land ("Scalability of composite indices: Complexity complications").

The best papers will be considered for publication in Social Indicator
Research journal (http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/journal/11205).

See http://complexity.stat.unipd.it for more information.

The conference chairs
Giovanna Boccuzzo and Filomena Maggino

CALL FOR SESSIONS, 13th ISQOLS Conference, “The Future of Quality of Life,” October 15-17, Phoenix, Arizona

We invite ISQOLS members to organize sessions for the conference. A variety of topics are encouraged, especially around innovative research. Interdisciplinary topics and sessions are welcome as well.

The session organizer will be responsible for identifying and confirming presenters in their session. Typically, there are three to four presenters in a session and the organizer usually serves as the moderator (and can present in the session if desired).

Please submit your session proposals by March 25th to us at: isqols2015@gmail.com

Decisions will be made by April 1 when the online call for papers system will be opened.

We look forward to a beneficial and exciting conference this year in Phoenix, and your participation in organizing sessions will be instrumental to its success!


NEW Springer Books

Social Sciences, Quality of Life Research

Responsible Living
Editor/s: Thoresen, Victoria W.; Doyle, Declan; Klein, Jorgen; Didham, Robert J.

Social Issues in China
Book Series: International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice, Vol. 1
Editor/s: Hao, Zhidong; Chen, Sheying

Spiritual Well-Being of Chinese Older Adults
Book Series: SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research Lou, Vivian W. Q.

World Suffering and Quality of Life
Book Series: Social Indicators Research Series, Vol. 56
Editor/s: Anderson, Ronald E.

Social Sciences (general)

Cultural Hybridity and the Environment
Maclean, Kirsten

The Future Use of Nordic Forests
Editor/s: Westholm, Erik; Beland Lindahl, Karin; Kraxner, Florian

March 2, 2015

Time to renew your ISQOLS membership

This is an invitation to reconnect to ISQOLS by renewing / applying for your membership 2015.

As an active ISQOLS member you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • essential quality-of-life publications Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARIQ/ARQOL) and Social Indicators Network News (SINET),
  • discounts on quality-of-life literature like Journal of Happiness Studies (JoHS) or Social Indicatorios Research (SIR),
  • significant discount to books in Springer’s Social Indicators Research Book Series
  • access to a growing network of researchers worldwide and
  • significant discount on the registration fee to ISQOLS Conferences.


The year 2015 will be a great year ahead for the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) with our 13th Conference taking place 15-17 October 2015 in Phoenix (AZ), USA.

All active ISQOLS members will receive a significant discount on the registration fee!


Membership renewal and payment can be done easily online by clicking on the following link: http://www.isqols.org/membership/membership-registration.

If you haven’t already, you can set up a personal profile allowing the ISQOLS community to contact you based on your expertise in quality of life. Use the open blog to publish any ISQOLS-related news, event announcement or reading recommendation you want to share with others.

Thank you very much for your support of ISQOLS!

We value your participation, and look forward to new opportunities – together we can realize much progress in quality-of-life studies.


Best Wishes,


February 20, 2015

Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 16, Issue 1

Journal of Happiness Studies, Volume 16 Number 1 is now available at SpringerLink [ToC].

Call for papers – Special issue in Social Indicators Research: The economics of wellbeing in China

Guest editors

Zhiming Cheng, The University of Wollongong, Australia
Vinod Mishra, Monash University, Australia
Ingrid Nielsen, Deakin University, Australia
Russell Smyth, Monash University, Australia
Ben Wang, Macquarie University, Australia

China is currently the second largest economy in the world. Many, relatively unique, socioeconomic and behavioural phenomena exist in China. Studying these phenomena will not only deepen our understanding of the Chinese economy and Chinese society, but will also provide new insights about how China, and her residents, are shaped by, adapt to, and transform social and economic forces. The different socioeconomic and institutional context of China vis-à-vis that of the West provides opportunities for evaluating, extending, and creating theories of wellbeing.

With this Special Issue we seek to expand our knowledge of wellbeing in China. Submissions should address the broad area of wellbeing through adopting a methodological approach grounded in economics or an allied discipline. Submissions that are interdisciplinary in that they draw on behavioural insights from economics and other disciplines or adopt approaches that inform economics using insights from other disciplines are particularly welcome.

We interpret economics broadly in this context to mean methodological approaches used in economics and allied disciplines and empirical approaches/methods typically employed by economists and researchers in allied disciplines. It would be ideal if we could pull together a group of papers in which traditional methods used in economics were informed by other disciplinary approaches or the papers showed how economics could improve methodological approaches in other areas. An example of the former might be how the use of multi-item indicators can provide insights over and above single item indicators of wellbeing, typically used by economists. An example of the latter might be how causation can be established with observational data on subjective wellbeing using instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, difference-in-difference or propensity score matching. These methods are commonly used in economics, but are relatively less used in some other social sciences. These issues could be illustrated using Chinese applications.

We are particularly interested in studies that:

1. Explore the psychometric properties of established measures of subjective wellbeing in China and their determinants or re-examine issues previously explored by economists using psychometrically validated measures of wellbeing

2. Use experimental methods and/or statistical approaches to address the causal relations between wellbeing and other variables

3. Examine wellbeing in the workforce and its relationship with organisational or societal outcomes

4. Develop new theory to understand wellbeing in the Chinese context

5. Examine issues with strong policy relevance such as urbanization, ageing, rural-urban migration, hukou reform, China’s one-child policy, education or other aspects of social and economic changes

6. Examine the socioeconomic integration of marginalised groups in Chinese society such as ethnic minorities, the urban poor or rural-urban migrants

7. Provide insights into growing urban income inequality or consumerism in China

8. Examine aspects of wellbeing of overseas Chinese in regions such as Africa and Europe and, in particular, address issues of integration for these groups with host communities

However, submissions are by no means limited to these topics.

While we welcome both theoretical and empirical studies and, in particular, studies that extend theory through application to Chinese phenomena, studies must have application or potential application to improving our understanding of wellbeing in China. Purely technical modelling or survey papers will not be appropriate.

We welcome empirical papers that use a range of different data sources. These include studies that:

1. Utilize data collected in fieldwork

2. Use lab and field experiments, including natural experiments

3. Utilize newly available (panel) data such as the China Family Panel Studies, China Household Finance Survey, Rural-Urban Migrants in China or the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey

Submission Process and Deadline
• Submission of final paper to the Special Issue: July 30, 2015
• Authors should submit their papers through http://www.editorialmanager.com/soci/
• Select Special Issue: Economics of Wellbeing in China when choosing article type
• Manuscripts should be prepared following the Social Indicators Research instructions for authors: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/journal/11205
• Enquiries can be made by emails to sirchina2015@gmail.com

All submissions will be subject to normal double-blind peer reviews and editorial process in accordance with the policies of Social Indicators Research. Papers submitted to the special issue will be first reviewed by the guest editors and a decision will be made concerning which papers best contribute to the Special Issue.

Selected full papers will be sent out for external peer review following Social Indicators Research’s policy, and will receive comments from reviewers and the guest editors. As needed, manuscripts will be returned to authors for revision along with the reviewers’ comments. Revised manuscripts may be examined by the guest editors and external reviewers before making a final decision.

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