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Quality of Life…. What is it and how is it measured?. Concept of Quality of Life. Quality of life in simple terms means: “How good is your life for you?” The answer of this question is the measure of a person’s quality of life.
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Quality of Life… What is it and how is it measured?
Concept of Quality of Life • Quality of life in simple terms means: “How good is your life for you?” • The answer of this question is the measure of a person’s quality of life. • It is important to recognize that every person’s life is different, and thus the way in which everyone experiences and the expectations of a quality of life will be different.
The Three Domain of Quality of Life. • BEING: • Physical = body and health, access to health care, nutrition, hygiene, sex life • Psychological = Your thoughts and feelings, education levels and access to education, satisfaction with self, freedom. • Spiritual = Your beliefs and values, freedom of religion and culture, hope, sense of purpose and meaning to your life.
BELONGING • Physical = Where you spend your time and live, cleanliness, crime rates, noise, pollution, personal possessions, privacy. • Social = The people around you and access to people who you care about, culture (friends, family, coworkers, email, texting, blogs) • Community = Access to community resources, internet, a sense of place within your community, employment, going to school, community events
BECOMING • Practical = the things you do on a daily basis and how much you enjoy them. (work, school, volunteer work, social sevices) • Leisure = The things you do for fun and enjoyment and access to those things (clubs, groups, teams, vacations, events, TV…) • Growth = The things you do to cope with change and technology, improving yourself, solving problems, changes in your life or state of health/age
How do you determine Quality of Life? • Rating quality of life is extremely subjective, meaning the way we feel about our lives is personal and we all have different expectation from our life. • ie: A typical 13 year old girl would love to go shopping for a day at her favorite mall. • A typical 30ish year old Social teacher would rather walk over hot coals that go shopping for a day. He would much rather go fishing because that increases his quality of life. Shopping, actually decreases it.
This ‘subjective-ness’ makes rating one’s quality of life difficult to do as there are a variety of things that can effect how we rate our lives: • Age • Sex • Race • Religion • Culture • Income level • Exposure to …. • Mobility • Expectations • Education levels • Health • Peace or war • Environmental health
Your Task: • Create a 3 point rubric to rate quality of life. Use at least 5 criteria, and identify the difference between a 1, 2, and 3. • Score your life according to your rubric. • Use a friend’s rubric and see how you score.