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April 29, 2014

Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice

The following new article has just been published:

Positive Narrative Group Psychotherapy: the use of traditional fairy tales to enhance psychological well-being and growth
by Ruini C, Masoni L, Ottolini F, Ferrari S

Psychology of Well-Being 2014, 4 :13 (5 April 2014)

Abstract | Full Text | PDF | PubMed


For articles using Author Version-first publication you will see a provisional PDF corresponding to the accepted manuscript. In these instances, the fully formatted Final Version PDF and full text (HTML) versions will follow in due course.

The Prosperity Quintet 2014 – Measuring Prosperity in Germany and Other Early Industrialised Countries

The Denkwerk Zukunft - Foundation for Cultural Renewal has updated its proposal how to measure prosperity in early industrialised countries. It consists of a dash board of five key indicators of prosperity, the Prosperity Quintet:

  • ­GDP per capita
  • ­distribution of disposable household income based on the 80/20 ratio
  • ­social exclusion rate
  • ­ecological footprint in relation to global biocapacity per capita
  • ­public debt rate.

Since the first publication of Denkwerk Zukunft's Prosperity Quintet in 2011 prosperity has increased in Germany. It improved also relative to the rest of the EU.

Nevertheless the dark side of this prosperity and of the prosperity in all other early industrialised countries: it is not sustainable. As show the trends of the ecological footprint and the public debt rate it continues to be based to a high degree on the overexploitation of nature, human beings and the future.

The ecological footprint and the public debt rate are also contributory causes to the fact, that prosperity in Germany has fallen since 2001, just as in most of the other Western EU countries.

The Prosperity Quintet 2014 can be downloaded here.

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.

Those who might be interested in seeing a speech delivered by a CEO of a successful hotel chain (on TED) touting the importance of well-being research and how business leaders should pay attention, click on the following:

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwile

April 17, 2014

Recent publication in Social Indicators Research

Intervention Efficacy Among ‘At Risk’ Adolescents:  A Test of Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis Theory


The study will be of interest to researchers undertaking intervention-type research, especially involving children/adolescents. The results contribute to our understanding of the potential for interventions to improve SWB by highlighting the need for targeted-programs. The results clearly demonstrate that people at the lower end of the SWB spectrum will be most responsive to intervention and have the greatest potential to benefit from additional resources.


Abstract. This study tests a number of theoretical predictions based on subjective wellbeing (SWB) Homeostasis Theory. This theory proposes that SWB is actively maintained and defended within a narrow, positive range of values around a ‘set-point’ for each person. Due to homeostatic control, it is predicted to be very difficult to substantially increase SWB in samples operating normally within their set-point-range. However, under conditions of homeostatic defeat, where SWB is lower than normal, successful interventions should be accompanied by a substantial increase as each person’s SWB returns to lie within its normal range of values. This study tests these propositions using a sample of 4,243 participants in an Australian Federal Government Program for ‘at-risk’ adolescents. SWB was measured using the Personal Wellbeing Index and results are converted to a metric ranging from 0 to 100 points. The sample was divided into three sub-groups as 0-50, 51 to 69, and 70+points. The theoretical prediction was confirmed. The largest post-intervention increase in SWB was in the 0-50 group and lowest in the 70+ group. However, a small increase in SWB was observed in the normal group, which was significant due to the large sample size. The implications of these findings for governments, schools and policy makers are discussed.



Reference: Tomyn, A.J., Weinberg, M.K., & Cummins, R.A. (2014, Online first). Intervention Efficacy Among ‘At Risk’ Adolescents: A Test of Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis Theory. Social Indicators Research. DOI 10.1007/s11205-014-0619-5.

Sustainability Science, Vol. 9, Iss. 2

April 16, 2014

CfP ISQOLS 2014, Berlin: Session “Social Policies & Well-being in Later Life”

The Session for “Social Policies and Well-being in Later Life” is calling for multidisciplinary theoretical and empirical papers which focus on the well-being of older people to be presented at this year’s ISQOLS-conference in Berlin, Germany (15. – 18. September).

Please send your paper to kohlbacher@dijtokyo.org and ctr@dza.de till May 16, 2014.

Further information on the session and the call for papers here: Call_ISQOLS_Policy_and_Happy_Ageing_Society

April 15, 2014

EXTENDED: New Deadlines for The Quality of Life Conference in Berlin, Germany

New deadlines for the Call for Sessions (April, 25th) and Call for Papers (May 16th).

The 2014 bi-annual conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS) is calling for session proposals and papers with extended deadlines.

Please hand in your session proposals of 1,000 words and a list of the papers to be presented till April 25th, 2014. If you are interested in presenting your paper, please hand in your proposal of app. 500 words till May 16th, 2014.

Come explore new horizons in quality of life with us in Berlin, Germany, September 15th – 18th, 2014.

E-Mail: berlin2014@isqols.org

Why Aging and Working Makes us Happy in 4 Charts

Editor's note:

How are age, employment, and happiness related? Four charts in Carol Graham and Milena Nikolova’s latest paper illustrate that flexible employment arrangements are linked to higher happiness levels.


In the past few years, economists and other social scientists have made great strides in developing measures to assess subjective well-being (or, more colloquially, happiness), which has deepened our understanding of well-being beyond the traditional income dimensions. There are remarkably consistent patterns in the determinants of subjective well-being across people within and across countries and cultures around the world. One of the most striking of these is the relationship between age and happiness (which is good news for those of us who are already on the “back-nine”). There is a U-shaped curve, with the low point in happiness being at roughly age 40 around  the world, with some modest differences across countries. It seems that our veneration of (or for some of us, nostalgia, for)  youth as the happiest times of our lives is overblown, the middle age years are, well, as expected, and then things get better as we age, as long as we are reasonably healthy (age-adjusted) and in a stable partnership. [...]

Click here and read the full article at brookings.edu

April 9, 2014

NEW: Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, edited by Alex Michalos,  is now available at Springer.


  • The first comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life and well-being
  • Covers the subject of quality of life from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Includes the behavioral and social sciences as well as health and healthcare
  • 7347 pages in 12 volumes




The aim of this encyclopedia is to provide a comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life, including health-related quality of life research or also called patient-reported outcomes research.

Since the 1960s two overlapping but fairly distinct research communities and traditions have developed concerning ideas about the quality of life, individually and collectively, one with a fairly narrow focus on health-related issues and one with a quite broad focus. In many ways, the central issues of these fields have roots extending to the observations and speculations of ancient philosophers, creating a continuous exploration by diverse explorers in diverse historic and cultural circumstances over several centuries of the qualities of human existence. What we have not had so far is a single, multidimensional reference work connecting the most salient and important contributions to the relevant fields.

Entries are organized alphabetically and cover basic concepts, relatively well established facts, lawlike and causal relations, theories, methods, standardized tests, biographic entries on significant figures, organizational profiles, indicators and indexes of qualities of individuals and of communities of diverse sizes, including rural areas, towns, cities, counties, provinces, states, regions, countries and groups of countries.

A must-have for QOL and Well-Being Researcher!

Quality of Life Research, Vol. 23 , Iss.2

Quality of Life Research, Volume 23 , Issue 2 is now available on SpringerLink.  

In this issue:
Thirty down, only ten to go?! Awareness and influence of a 10-year time frame in TTO
F. E. van Nooten , X. Koolman , J. J. V. Busschbach & W. B. F. Brouwer
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Associations of cancer and other chronic medical conditions with SF-6D preference-based scores in Medicare beneficiaries
Ron D. Hays , Bryce B. Reeve , Ashley Wilder Smith & Steven B. Clauser
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Assessment of children’s own health status using visual analogue scale and descriptive system of the EQ-5D-Y: linkage between two systems
X. Y. Wu , A. Ohinmaa , J. A. Johnson & P. J. Veugelers
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Mapping scores from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to preference-based utility values
Gareth Furber , Leonie Segal , Matthew Leach & Jane Cocks
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The valuation of the EQ-5D in Portugal
Lara N. Ferreira , Pedro L. Ferreira , Luis N. Pereira & Mark Oppe
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Brief Communication
EQ-5D Portuguese population norms
Lara Noronha Ferreira , Pedro L. Ferreira , Luis N. Pereira & Mark Oppe
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Swedish experience-based value sets for EQ-5D health states
Kristina Burström , Sun Sun , Ulf-G Gerdtham , Martin Henriksson , Magnus Johannesson , Lars-Åke Levin & Niklas Zethraeus
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Brief Communication
The quality of life questionnaire EQ-5D-5L: psychometric properties and normative values for the general German population
Andreas Hinz , Thomas Kohlmann , Yve Stöbel-Richter , Markus Zenger & Elmar Brähler
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Economic evaluation in short bowel syndrome (SBS): an algorithm to estimate utility scores for a patient-reported SBS-specific quality of life scale (SBS-QoL™)
Andrew Lloyd , Cicely Kerr , Katie Breheny , John Brazier , Aurora Ortiz & Emma Borg
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Probabilistic mapping of the health status measure SF-12 onto the health utility measure EQ-5D using the US-population-based scoring models
Quang A. Le
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Metacognition: towards a new approach to quality of life
Julien Blanc , Laurent Boyer , Pierre Le Coz & Pascal Auquier
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A framework for understanding quality of life in individuals without capacity
Jeff Round , Elizabeth L. Sampson & Louise Jones
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Is Rasch model analysis applicable in small sample size pilot studies for assessing item characteristics? An example using PROMIS pain behavior item bank data
Wen-Hung Chen , William Lenderking , Ying Jin , Kathleen W. Wyrwich , Heather Gelhorn & Dennis A. Revicki
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Measurement equivalence using a mixed-mode approach to administer health-related quality of life instruments
Jeanette M. Broering , Alan Paciorek , Peter R. Carroll , Leslie S. Wilson , Mark S. Litwin & Christine Miaskowski
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Brief Communication
Use of factor analysis models to evaluate measurement invariance property of the Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ)
Yan Yan , Wei Wu , Robert C. Strunk & Jane Garbutt
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Measurement properties of the Work Limitations Questionnaire were sufficient among cancer survivors
Sietske J. Tamminga , Jos H. A. M. Verbeek , Monique H. W. Frings-Dresen & Angela G. E. M. De Boer
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Validation of the Polish version of the EORTC QLQ-BM22 module for the assessment of health-related quality of life in patients with bone metastases
Mirosława Püsküllüoğlu , Krzysztof A. Tomaszewski , Andrew Bottomley , Lori Holden , Iwona M. Tomaszewska , Roman Głowacki , Krzysztof Bereza , Edward B. Golec , Edward Chow & Krzysztof Krzemieniecki
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The Insomnia Severity Index: cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric evaluation of a Persian version
Khosro Sadeghniiat-Haghighi , Ali Montazeri , Ahmad Khajeh-Mehrizi , Saharnaz Nedjat & Omid Aminian
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Comparative validation of the WOMAC osteoarthritis and Lequesne algofunctional indices in Greek patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis
Georgios A. Konstantinidis , Vassilis H. Aletras , Kleanthi-Akylina Kanakari , Konstantinos Natsis , Nicholas Bellamy & Dimitris Niakas
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How to measure quality of life in shared-housing arrangements? A comparison of dementia-specific instruments
Johannes Gräske , Hilde Verbeek , Paul Gellert , Thomas Fischer , Adelheid Kuhlmey & Karin Wolf-Ostermann
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Development and initial psychometric evaluation of the hepatitis C virus-patient-reported outcomes (HCV-PRO) instrument
Roger T. Anderson , Robert W. Baran , Birgitta Dietz , Eric Kallwitz , Pennifer Erickson & Dennis A. Revicki
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Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Manchester Foot Pain and Disability Index into Spanish
Gabriel Gijon-Nogueron , Mwidimi Ndosi , Alejandro Luque-Suarez , Begonya Alcacer-Pitarch , Pedro Vicente Munuera , Adam Garrow & Anthony C. Redmond
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Brief Communication
Mokken scaling of the Chinese version of the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey
David R. Thompson , Chantal F. Ski , Roger Watson & Wenru Wang
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Quality of life in female cancer survivors: is it related to ovarian reserve?
Laxmi A. Kondapalli , Katherine E. Dillon , Mary D. Sammel , Anushree Ray , Maureen Prewitt , Jill P. Ginsberg & Clarisa R. Gracia
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How good is “very good”? Translation effect in the racial/ethnic variation in self-rated health status
Sukyong Seo , Sukyung Chung & Martha Shumway
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The relationship between negative life events, psychological distress and life satisfaction: a population-based study
Gunnvor Marum , Jocelyne Clench-Aas , Ragnhild B. Nes & Ruth Kjærsti Raanaas
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Sleep characteristics and health-related quality of life among a national sample of American young adults: assessment of possible health disparities
Xiaoli Chen , Bizu Gelaye & Michelle A. Williams
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Quality of life as a predictor of overall survival after breast cancer treatment
Suzana Sales De Aguiar , Anke Bergmann & Inês Echenique Mattos
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Impact of laparoscopic colorectal segment resection on quality of life in women with deep endometriosis: one year follow-up
Paulo Augusto Ayrosa Ribeiro , Vanessa Gozzo Sekula , Helisabet Salomão Abdalla-Ribeiro , Francisco Cesar Rodrigues , Tsutomu Aoki & José Mendes Aldrighi
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Health-related quality of life (HRQL) in immunodeficient adults with selective IgA deficiency compared with age- and gender-matched controls and identification of risk factors for poor HRQL
G. H. Jörgensen , A. Gardulf , M. I. Sigurdsson , S. Arnlaugsson , L. Hammarström & B. R. Ludviksson
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Physical activity and quality of life among university students: exploring self-efficacy, self-esteem, and affect as potential mediators
Rodney P. Joseph , Kathryn E. Royse , Tanya J. Benitez & Dorothy W. Pekmezi
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Determinants of quality of life in Spanish transsexuals attending a gender unit before genital sex reassignment surgery
Esther Gómez-Gil , Leire Zubiaurre-Elorza , Isabel Esteva de Antonio , Antonio Guillamon & Manel Salamero
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How do clinical and psychological variables relate to quality of life in end-stage renal disease? Validating a proximal–distal model
Ramony Chan , Robert Brooks , Jonathan Erlich , Martin Gallagher , Paul Snelling , Josephine Chow & Michael Suranyi
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Is a diabetes pay-for-performance program cost-effective under the National Health Insurance in Taiwan?
Elise Chia-Hui Tan , Raoh-Fang Pwu , Duan-Rung Chen & Ming-Chin Yang
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Consequences of visual height intolerance for quality of life: a qualitative study
Florian Schäffler , Martin Müller , Doreen Huppert , Thomas Brandt , Theresa Tiffe & Eva Grill
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Fatigue interference with daily living among patients with inflammatory bowel disease
Randi Opheim , May Solveig Fagermoen , Tomm Bernklev , Lars-Petter Jelsness-Jorgensen & Bjorn Moum
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Assessment of health-related quality of life 6 years after childhood cochlear implantation
Rachel L. Meserole , Christine M. Carson , Anne W. Riley , Nae-Yuh Wang , Alexandra L. Quittner , Laurie S. Eisenberg , Emily A. Tobey , Howard W. Francis & John K. Niparko
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Quality of life among hazardous and harmful drinkers: EQ-5D over a 1-year follow-up period
Holly N. Essex , Ian R. White , Zarnie Khadjesari , Stuart Linke , Jim McCambridge , Elizabeth Murray , Steve Parrott & Christine Godfrey
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