Ways that social change predicts personal quality of life

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Journal / PublicationSocial Indicators Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


A notable way that social change affects personal quality of life would rely on the person's experience with social change. This experience may influence societal quality of life and quality of work life, which may in turn affect personal quality of life. Additionally, the experience of social change is possibly less detrimental to personal quality of life later in the presence of higher existing personal quality of life. These influences over time become transparent through a three-wave panel study of 531 working people in Hong Kong, China. Findings show that although social change experienced did not generally impair subsequent quality of life, it tended to be more detrimental to the person with lower quality of life before. In addition, social change experienced tended to erode societal quality of life and quality of work life experienced, which appeared to be predictors of personal quality of life. Hence, there are possible ways for social change to predict personal quality of life. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009.

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  • Adaptation, Buffering, Need fulfillment, Quality of life, Quality of work life, Social change, Societal quality of life