Studies on Quality of Life
A Methodological & Psychiatric Approach to
the Definition & Measurement of the Good Life

By Madis Kajandi
August 2005
Uppsala University Press
ISBN: 9155461956
178 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$52.50 Paper Original

This is a Ph.D. dissertation. This present thesis has two parts. Chapters 1 through 3 have a theoretical focus on the quality of life concept. Chapter 1 presents an introduction into the psychiatric development and the need for new criteria that follows such a development. Chapter 2 makes a tour into the universe of the good life and makes a theoretical analysis of how the quality of life concept has been defined and measured by different authors.

The focus will be on expressing the principles of definition and measurement. In chapter 3 the previous work will result in a proposal of a definition and a methodology to pursue a quantified measure of the quality of life concept. Chapters 4 through 11 has an empirical focus where the methods to respondents. After the introduction in chapter 4, chapter 5 makes preliminary tests of the applicability on two non-psychiatric issues of the methods.

Chapters 7 through 9 approach psychiatric populations of different kinds and interchangeably use the two parallel scales. In chapter 10 the results are summed up and some additional empirical analyses are made of the whole empirical material. The final chapter 11 included an overarching discussion and the conclusions can be drawn from this thesis.

Uppsala Dissertation from the Faculty of Medicine, No. 8

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