• By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Sunday 30th March, 2008
  • Article type Reference

quality of life

Quality of life is an umbrella term used to capture both an individual's objective circumstances (e.g. poor living-standards, ill-health, fractious relationships, little enrichment) and their subjective appraisal of those circumstances (e.g. inferred from evidence of distress, anxiety or unhappiness). It taps into a broader movement within social policy and psychology that is interested in 'positi…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Wednesday 22nd August, 2007
  • Article type Reference

quasi-experimental evaluations

An evaluation method in which children referred to a program or other intervention are compared with a group of matched children who do not receive the program. For example, if a program is offered to children in one geographical area, their progress might be compared to that of similar age children living in another geographical area where the program is not offered.The prefix 'quasi' indicates t…

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