The PWI scale contains seven items of satisfaction, each one corresponding to a quality of life domain as: standard of living, health, achieving in life, relationships, safety, community-connectedness, and future security. These seven domains are theoretically embedded, as representing the first level of deconstruction of the global question: "How satisfied are you with your life as a whole?"
The PWI has been adapted and validated with adults, children, and persons with an intellectual or cognitive disability. The International Wellbeing Group is working toward developing the PWI into a valid cross-cultural instrument. At the time of constructing the PWI 5th edition, over 150 researchers from more than 50 countries and provinces were engaged in this international collaboration.
Personal Wellbeing Index - Adult (PWI-A)
Manuals and translated manuals
Personal Wellbeing Index - Intellectual Disability (PWI-ID)
Manuals and translated manuals
Subjective wellbeing (SWB) can be measured using a single item, known as the Global Life Satisfaction (GLS) measure. People can be asked to rate their global life satisfaction. This normally takes the form: "How satisfied are you with your life as a whole?" Although this question is an excellent measure of SWB, such single-item measures are less reliable than multi-item scales.
The Australian Centre on Quality of Life has compiled a directory of measurement instruments, all of which provide an empirical estimation of one or more subjective quality of life constructs. Most of these are brief scale descriptions, which do not provide details of psychometric performance. They provide a brief indication of the psychometric character of each scale, and a couple of additional references for further reading on the scale’s performance.
A few of the scales also have an extended scale description which is more extensive. Generating these elaborated versions is a job being undertaken by a number of volunteers. These entries are fully referenced. New volunteers who are willing to provide additional scale descriptions are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each extended scale description is highlighted for identification in the index. These descriptions have a standard format which can be accessed HERE.
NOTE: The aim of these descriptions is to assist researchers in their search for suitable quality of life instruments. These descriptions are not evaluative. Rather, each comprises a list of available psychometric results. Evaluating these results is a task for each researcher who is considering whether to use the instrument.
a) No more than three references are normally provided in relation to any descriptive category.
b) Additional references informing about a scale’s psychometric performance are welcome. They can be supplied directly to the editor.
Funding and awards are available for quality of life researchers at the following groups:
Social Statistics, i.e.,mental health and well-being of subgroups, and Australia's economic and social indicators, i.e., GDP, labour force, income. Various publications may be purchased.
Monthly statistical bulletin
CCSD is a non-profit social policy and research organization focusing on issues such as poverty, disability, cultural diversity, child well-being, labour markets and housing.
Provides references for research on QOL in Canada, France, Spain etc.
This study is following a sample of income support (Centrelink) customers who were selected in such a way that ensured many of them had recently experienced homelessness (broadly defined). Its principal aim is to study housing transitions among a relatively disadvantaged sub-population.
Official UK statistics site. You can view and download a wealth of economic and social data FREE.
The official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products.
Happiness-References, bibliographies,conceptualisation, measurability, indicators, theories. Papers can be purchased.
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As humans vary, so do psychologists. There are countless perspectives on human behavior, and while the early psychologists were more apt to move as a bloc from one dominant school of thought to the next, today’s psychologists have a long and rich history to draw from when studying their patients’ feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
The purpose of this new e-mail SIG is to facilitate networking and the exchange of ideas and information among health professionals, youth and their family members, family scientists, policy makers, insurers, and others with knowledge and experience in the transition of youth from child-centered (pediatric) to adult-oriented health care. The process of health care transition is a significant one for youth with special needs, as well as their parents, siblings, and extended family. Family scientists have much to contribute, in developing and assessing evidenced based family-focused approaches to to this issue. If you would like to participate in this list, send a blank e-mail message to <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>
This is a national body that links State and Territory transcultural mental health centres and networks with the goal of improving mental health outcomes for Australia's diverse communities.
This site provides one place for Australian depression sufferers and their families and friends to find all their information, help and support needs. It's major objective is to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of Australian's by significantly increasing the proportion of sufferers who seek professional help and treatment.
National Association for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, dedicated to increasing the recognition and understanding of ME/CFS and providing support for people with ME/CFS through its affiliated Societies
Aims to support a better life for people affected by mental illness.
Contains a huge list of links about mental illness and psychiatric disability.
The objectives of the CDDHV are: To improve the quality of health care available to people with developmental disabilities throughout Victoria; To promote the awareness of health care issues of people with developmental disabilities amongst medical and other students, medical and other health professionals and service providers throughout Victoria.
Promotes worldwide research and exchange of information on intellectual disabilities.
This site showcases promising practices and innovations to promote quality of life among persons with developmental disabilities.
Provides technical assistance to the State of New Jersey in the areas of planning and research relating to persons with developmental disabilities
Formed to establish a strong resource for research, networking, and addressing issues that concern QMRP'S today.
Owned and operated by The Hunger Site Network as a way to get new funds for critical habitat and wilderness preservation using the power of the internet.
The leading independent campaigning organisation that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of development assistance. In Fiscal Year 2001, the institution provided more than US$17 billion in loans to its client countries. It works in more than 100 developing economies with the primary focus of helping the poorest people and the poorest countries.
Advancing the scientific study of health-related quality of life and other patient-centered outcomes to identify effective interventions, enhance the quality of health care and promote the health of populations.
An international society whose purpose is to promote and encourage research in the field of quality-of-life (QOL) studies.
A group of dedicated professionals, working to promote happiness and the well-being of the society, has created this cyber-space as a common space to exchange information on what makes life and societies happier, as well as on how to improve the well-being of the people in the society.
Developed by The Australia Institute, Australia's foremost public interest think tank.
You know a lot about the ways of the world, and you are fully able to take care of yourself. But safety always has to be your first concern when you are venturing back into the dating scene, where an atmosphere of implied trust can put a woman at her most vulnerable.
This guide is designed to make the downsizing process as simple as possible for seniors and their loved ones. It will help prepare both house and senior for the transition, as well as offer advice to loved ones on the duties they can help perform. Keep the lines of communication open, take it one step at a time, and don’t rush into anything before you’re ready.
Is your reliable source on addiction and the dangers of illicit substances. We cover how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment. Our mission is to guide you and your loved ones to a healthier life.
The fundamental aim of caregivers and elderly people who want to retain their independence for as long as possible is to find a way to stay safe while continuing to live in familiar surroundings and a medical alert system could potentially help achieve that aim. This resource looks at the best medical alert systems and the pros and cons attached to them so that anyone considering installing one can make a more informed decision.
This guide was designed to provide a thorough understanding of the latest smart home technology, and suggestions for specific software and devices that can be incorporated into a home to accommodate each of seven of the most common types of disabilities: hearing difficulty, vision difficulty, speech/language difficulty, cognitive difficulty or memory loss, ambulatory difficult, arthritis, and self-care/independent living difficulty.
Cerebral Palsy Group is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, birth injuries, or brain injuries. Our team was created so we can provide answers and all types of assistance needed to help improve the quality of life for loved ones and family members with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy Guidance provides comprehensive medical information, ranging from treatment and causes, to symptoms and risk factors.
Dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products.
ConsumerSafety.org gathers and presents recall information on products, food, medical devices and drugs, and publishes consumer-related news and safety guides.
Consumer Safety Guide was created to keep the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm. Our website is constantly being updated with the most recent information on the most popular prescription medications and FDA-approved medical devices that could be endangering your health or putting your loved ones at risk. Our mission is to keep you informed and help you make the most educated decisions about your health care!
This is a CDC/NCCDPHP website which gives an overview of national and state HRQOL surveillance and research activities based on the Health Days HRQOL measures and provides links to key national and international HRQOL resources.
Information and free resources for expecting parents.
A downloadable guide to Cord Blood Banking.
Periodic table of drug addiction.
Details on the dangerous side-effects caused by some of the most commonly prescribed drugs and devices.
Drug Dangers is committed to providing the latest information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications.
Each year, millions of people are affected by drug or medical device side effects. Staying informed can help you.
Drug Rehab Connections is an informational website that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. Our goal is to help individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different addictions and recovery resources available to them.
There are a variety of factors that contribute to addiction. On the surface, addiction can be caused by physical changes in the brain, that make the body crave certain types of drugs. However, genetic and environmental risk factors can contribute to addiction on a much deeper level. Our drug addiction page describes different types of drugs, what can cause addiction, certain symptoms, even complications after becoming dependent on drugs. There's still hope for recovery, and help is available for individuals who are fighting off addiction.
Take advantage of this rebuilding and renovating stage to turn your house into a home of the future. A place that is comfortable, safe and secure for everyone. Your house features must be comfortable and friendly for your kids when they are still young and as they grow older.
Elite Rehab Placement is a a leading, no cost rehab placement company that seeks to provide help to those struggling with addiction.
Provides information and a community for sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses including Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
If you’re a senior in addiction recovery seeking to rebuild relationships with your adult children, this guide can help you navigate the challenging road ahead. It will help you before, while, and after you make contact and offer advice on the best ways to do so.
Alcohol & drug home detox programmes throughout the UK & Ireland. Effective & Affordable home detox services for addiction programmes.
Our resource takes a looks at mesothelioma and how to file a lawsuit including real life examples.
Misdiagnosis, injuries and facts
Commonwealth of Australia Department of Health and Aged Care
This disease is preventable and awareness is key in that prevention. Information about the danger that can come from exposure to asbestos.
Australia has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world. The Mesothelioma Center is an up-to-date resource for all mesothelioma issues ranging from asbestos exposure to its effects in causing malignant mesothelioma.
Our goal is to spread awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure.
Up-to-date mesothelioma information and resources for patients, family members, and friends.
Our mission is to offer excellent information about asbestos exposure, mesothelioma and healthcare support options. Our website and services are 100% free and centered on providing excellent service to mesothelioma patients and raising awareness.
An online resource with a downloadable booklet for patients and caregivers to print and keep as a reference.
Our website and everyone involved with it are dedicated to improving the overall quality of life for individuals who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. We strive to be one of the top comprehensive and educational resources online to help support sick patients and their families. Our website provides hundreds of pages with the most current and detailed information about the asbestos industry and its medical impacts.
Our website is a comprehensive asbestos disease informational resource. Additionally, we offer mesothelioma victims and their loved ones the following items, free of charge: a comprehensive Mesothelioma & Asbestos Guide; three must-read mesothelioma books written by medical professionals and mesothelioma survivors; veteran benefits assistance, and more.
Mesothelioma Survival has been put together as a single place for victims of mesothelioma and their families to learn and seek help for their disease.
This site provides an extensive database of information and resources for patients and their families to better understand the symptoms of mesothelioma and the various aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, as well as mesothelioma life expectancy.
Our mission is to guide mesothelioma patients and all those dealing with asbestos-related cancers toward answers, care options, and free health solutions that improve their lives and everyone around them.
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Providing mesothelioma patients with free resources, support, education, and referrals to experienced mesothelioma doctors.
Extensive information about the dangers of asbestos exposure.
Our mission is to expand our reach to all of those who have been affected by mesothelioma and provide them with the quality resources and support that they need to live their best lives.
As people age, their bodies naturally begin to break down and need more vitamins, minerals, and supplements than ever before. There’s nothing that can be done about that, but seniors can begin to start changing their diets before they reach this point. By adding just a few things to a diet, seniors can avoid losing muscle mass, lessen joint pain, and lower their risk of some diseases.
Full guide to Opiate and Heroin Withdrawal.
Mesothelioma Web has been in place for over a decade and offers hope, help, & support to those diagnosed with mesothelioma. For more information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, visit this site.
PoCoG's mission is to improve the outcomes of patients experiencing a diagnosis of cancer, their families and carers through evaluation and implementation of psychosocial and supportive care interventions for patients, carers, health professionals and the health care system.
The information and materials available from this "Quality of Life" (QOL) webpage are offered so that youth, families, service providers, researchers, and decision makers may better understand what QOL means to youth with chronic health conditions and what is important to youth for their QOL to be at its best.
Everything you could ever want to know about quitting smoking.
Making a plan to quit smoking is the first step to quitting for good. Take the first step here, and say goodbye to cigarettes forever.
Recall Report is the web’s leading resource for information about health and safety recalls, including dangerous drugs and associated mental conditions.
The Recovery Village is an organization dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and eating disorders. It is our philosophy that all individuals with the desire and ability to seek treatment are provided with the highest quality care for very reasonable rates.
Aims to educate the American public on current pharmaceutical drugs and devices commonly being used within the United States.
Sokolove Law was founded to help people suffering from asbestos-related diseases.
TeenRehabCenter.org is an online resource that equips teenagers and their families — those affected most by adolescent substance abuse and addiction — with the information and hope they need on the road to recovery.
Elderly individuals are particularly vulnerable to prescription drug misuse. Misuse is defined as non-adherence to prescription directions and can be either willful or accidental.
This site is a listing of non-commercial web sites related to the Maternal and Child Health Community.
The Tobacco-Free Life Organization is a leading organization with a mission to save lives by ending worldwide disease, damage and death caused by tobacco. This is accomplished through research, education and advocacy.
Tuck is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources.
La Trobe University
Autonomous research institute dedicated towards promoting research and scholarship on Bhutan. It is governed by the Council for the Centre of Bhutan Studies.
Center for Architecture and Building Science Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
University of Bath
A new measure of sustainability, wellbeing and quality of life.
A continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research.
The Positive Psychology Center promotes research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. This field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.
The Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) was established in 2005, in response to a recognised need to develop the capacity and co-ordinated collaboration to conduct large-scale, multi-centre psycho-oncology and supportive care research.
A leading provider of relationship support services.
This page lists FREE resources for program evaluation and social research methods. The focus is on "how-to" do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods.
This is the website for the Deci and Ryan Self-Determination Theory
The most comprehensive source of information about questionnaires, rating scales and other tools for assessing psychosocial effectiveness in clinical and pharmacoeconomic studies.