The Quality of American Life: Perceptions, Evaluations, and Satisfactions

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Russell Sage Foundation, Mar 25, 1976 - Psychology - 600 pages
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Considers how Americans define the quality of their life experiences, as expressed in their perceptions, evaluations, and satisfactions. Based on research conducted by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, the book uses data which are representative of the national population eighteen years of age and older, and employs the major social characteristics of class, age, education, and income. The authors cover such topics as the residential environment, the experience of work, marriage, and family life, and personal resources and competence. They also report on the situation of women and the quality of the life experience of black people.
 

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Contents

Introduction
21
Domains of Life Experience
61
Bias in Measurement
97
Some General Influences on Reports of Satisfaction
135
Satisfaction Aspirations and Expectations I 71
171
Introduction
213
The Country as a Domain of Experience
267
The Experience of Work
287
1 Personal Resources and Personal Competence
347
Introduction
391
The Quality of Life Experience of Black People
443
The Perceived Quality of Life and Its Implications
471
Appendices
509
Appendix B The Questionnaire
519
References
565
Index
573

Marriage and Family Life
321

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ANGUS CAMPBELL is professor of psychology and sociology and director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. PHILIP E. CONVERSE is Robert C. Angell Professor of Political Science and Sociology and program director of the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. WILLARD L. RODGERS is senior study director of the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan.

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