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Author Anderson, Ronald E., author

Title Human suffering and quality of life : conceptualizing stories and statistics / Ronald E. Anderson
Published Dordrecht : Springer, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 105 pages) : illustrations
Series SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research, 2211-7644
SpringerBriefs in well-being and quality of life research. 2211-7644
Contents Conceptualizing Human Pain and Suffering -- Narrative Accounts of the Agony of Suffering -- Statistical Portrait of Suffering in America -- Suffering on a Global Scale -- World Suffering Expands as Gaps in Care Widen -- Ending Preventable Suffering: Ethics and Social Change
Summary This brief on human suffering adds to understanding of suffering by contextualizing both stories and statistics on pain and suffering, while showing that suffering adds a useful perspective to contemporary thought and research on quality of life, social well-being, and measures of societal progress. The scholarship on suffering is made more comprehensible in the book by using nine different conceptual frames that have been used for making sense of suffering. The primary focus of this work is with the last frame, the quality of life frame. Overall, these chapters show for the first time how the research on quality of life and well-being can be enhanced by embracing human suffering
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Suffering -- Social aspects.
Suffering -- Evaluation.
Quality of life -- Evaluation.
Suffering -- Statistics.
Quality of life -- Statistics.
Genre/Form Statistics.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9400776683
9400776691 (electronic bk.)
9789400776692 (electronic bk.)