Social Indicators of Well-Being: Americans’ Perceptions of by Frank M. Andrews

By Frank M. Andrews

This is a learn approximately perceptions of health and wellbeing. Its goal is to enquire how those perceptions are equipped within the minds of other teams of yank adults, to discover legitimate and effective methods of measuring those percep­ tions, to indicate methods those dimension tools should be carried out to yield a chain of social signs, and to supply a few preliminary readings on those symptoms; i.e., a few information regarding the degrees of health perceived by means of american citizens. The findings are according to information from greater than 5 thousand americans and contain effects from 4 separate consultant samplings of the yankee inhabitants. one of many methods our study is rare is that it incorporates a significant methodological part. regular surveys contain a modest attempt at instru­ ment improvement, the appliance of the software to a gaggle of respondents, and an research of the ensuing facts that typically describes the folks studied. Our paintings, besides the fact that, used to be carried out in a sequence of sequential cycles, every one of which consisted of conceptual improvement, tool layout, information assortment, research, and interpretation. principles and findings generated in earlier cycles affected the layout of next cycles.

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National-Level Surveys. The four national surveys were independent from one another but nearly identical in original sample design. In each case the sample was intended to be representative of persons eighteen years of age or older (and married persons under eighteen) living in households within the coterminous United States exclusive of households on military reservations-in short (and approximately): American adults. For each' of the national surveys the sample design was that used by the Survey Research Center to select national probability samples of dwellings (Kish and Hess, 1965).

Some people have jobs, others do not. Some people own cars, others travel by alternate means. For some people getting into or out of a domain would 2In choosing this term, we follow Cantril (1965). 12 INTRODUCTION improve their well-being. Many people feel that "getting married" or "getting a job" would enhance their quality of life, and there are others who feel that "getting a divorce" or "retiring from a job" would do the same thing. Criteria are values, standards, aspirations, goals, and-in general-ways of judging what the domains of life afford.

It is undoubtedly better to try and link them in a common understanding. 1. 1. Two-Dimensional Conceptual Model with Examples of Possible Domains and Criteria and with Evaluations of WellBeing at Three Levels of Specificity Criteria r-----------~A~ ,.. o "''0 'Oe: Vl ~ Family life ~ Neighbarhaod '0 E ...... - Eo Eij -+- ---- ---- --I Job ~E e:O "''0 '0'" e: ... G; Hause/apartment ____________~, ---- ---- ---- -+E i • ~ I • E·~ -+--------------------+ E - Eij = Affective evaluative respanse ta a particular domain with respect ta a particular criterion E i.

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