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This book is about how people rate their quality of life in today's society. It describes quality of life in terms of the subjective experiences people derive from their everyday activities, interactions, and events. It distinguishes quality of life from standard of living. The latter refers to objective circumstances and possessions a person has, while the former refers to how people experience their lives. People rate their quality of life according to their experiences rather than their standard of living. This book guides readers interested in improving their quality of living by using self assessment questionnaires that help to identify both the positive and negative experiences people have on an everyday basis. It then describes specific steps people can use to decrease negative experiences in their lives and increase the number of positive experiences. As they do so, people can realize that their quality of life improves regardless of their current circumstances. This book also includes information about how people in very difficult circumstances, such as living with a disability, can have as high a quality of life as anyone else.
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Dr. Kemp received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Southern California, where he was also a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. He also directed a rehabilitation program for older adults at an affiliated rehabilitation hospital. For over 30 years he divided his time between patient care, research, and education. Throughout his career, he was impressed by how people strive to maintain a high quality of life even in the face of severe circumstances. Dr. Kemp received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association for his contributions to rehabilitation science. This book brings together research and experience in helping people to maintain as high a level of quality of life as possible.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publis, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111480004227