Putting the Q into quality of life; the identification of subjective constructions of health-related quality of life using Q methodology

Stenner, Paul, Cooper, D. and Skevington, S. (2003) Putting the Q into quality of life; the identification of subjective constructions of health-related quality of life using Q methodology Social Science & Medicine, 57 (11). pp. 2161-2172. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

Health related quality of life (HRQOL) is presented as a largely subjective construct of increasing importance in health discourse and practice. Key difficulties with the assessment and measurement of quality of life (QOL) are discussed. A Q methodological investigation of subjective constructions of health-related QOL is then reported using importance items derived from studies of the WHOQOL. Eight factors emerged from a factor analysis of the Q sorts of 90 healthy participants, each corresponding to a distinct construction of the meaning and relevance of QOL. The factors are interpreted and discussed under the following headings: ‘Happy families, ‘Stand on my own two feet’, ‘Emotional independence’, ‘Just do it!’, ‘Life as a positive challenge’, ‘In God we trust’, ‘Staying healthy enough to bring home the bacon’ and ‘You can’t choose your family’. This diversity of views has implications for QOL testing.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Quality of life; Health; WHOQOL; Q methodology; Qualitative
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1016/S0277-9536(03)00070-4
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
ID Code:498
Deposited By:editor sass
Deposited On:19 Jul 2007
Last Modified:05 Feb 2014 16:18

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