Sen and the art of quality of life maintenance:Towards a general theory of quality of life and its causation

Ruta, D., Camfield, L. and Donaldson, C. (2007) Sen and the art of quality of life maintenance:Towards a general theory of quality of life and its causation. Journal of Socio-Economics, 36 (3). pp. 397-423. ISSN 1053-5357

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Abstract

Sen's capability approach permits re-appraisal of a central concept in health and social care, and international development-'quality of life' (QoL). We compare Sen's capability view of QoL with current views in health care, and re-define QoL as 'the gap between desired and actual capabilities'. A causal pathway linking resources to capabilities, and finally to QoL, is postulated. The notion of 'cognitive homeostasis' is introduced to explain the observed curvilinear relationship between resources and QoL. A separate set of factors is identified that act to sustain or destabilise QoL. We conclude by examining the model's implications for policy and evaluation. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Faculty of Science
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Depositing User: Laura Camfield
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 10:41
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 15:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/24922
DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2006.12.004

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