Structural analyses of the quality of life of children at risk

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Abstract

Quality of life (QOL) is usually assessed in terms of levels. This paper, in contrast, examines the structure of the quality of life of its subjects: two groups of children at risk, children who were kept at home and those who were removed from home. The social workers who made the decisions were asked to assess the children's quality of life using Shye's Systemic Quality of Life Model. The study's main finding is that the QOL structure of the two groups of children differs both from the theoretical "ideal" (or "healthy" structure) and from each other. The QOL structure of the children who were kept at home was closer to the ideal than that of the children who were removed. The difference from the ideal in both groups is consistent with the fact that both groups of children at risk, whose QOL is compromised by definition. The greater proximity to the "ideal" of the QOL structure of the children who were kept at home suggests that the social workers who made the decisions viewed these children as having a healthier QOL than the children who were removed from home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-429
Number of pages21
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume73
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2005

Keywords

  • Children at risk
  • Quality of life structure
  • Social workers

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