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Relevance of the Use of Qualitative Methods in the Study of Quality of Life

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Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 55)

Abstract

This chapter describes the origin and evolution of qualitative studies in the quality of life field. At first it describes the characteristics and specificity of qualitative methods, considering that their main purpose is to understand meaning for participants in the study of the events, situations and actions in which they are involved, the context in which participants act and the influence these methods have on their actions, as well as the process in which the actions take place, which can enable the identification and generation of a new theory (Maxwell, Qualitative research design. An interactive Approach, Sage, New York, 1996). Even though not many studies have been developed by the use of qualitative methodologies, this chapter shows a summary of the studies that had been published in the Official Journal of ISQOLS, Applied Research in Quality of Life, since 2006. At the same time, it shows the qualitative studies produced during the last decade through the Research Program on Quality of Life developed at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina. Finally, the chapter will point out that adopting a particular methodology implies a philosophic, theoretical and political decision and, in the case of qualitative methodology, it is an essential approach in understanding people’s experiences of wellbeing and discovering new issues related to quality of life.

Keywords

Qualitative methods Quality of life Well-being People’s experiences 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNICOM, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversidad Nacional de Lomas de ZamoraLomas de ZamoraArgentina
  2. 2.CICS, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversidad de PalermoCiudad Autónoma de Buenos AiresArgentina

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