Research conducted by the ESRI and published in a report by the Department of Social Protection today (Wednesday 13 July) examined how quality of life in Ireland varies by age group and social class, using CSO data available for 2013. Using 11 indicators to measure different aspects of quality of life, the research found significant differences across age groups in the extent and type of problems reported. The research also found large differences in the extent of problems reported across different social classes but very little variation in the types of problems.
Multidimensional quality of life problems
How many people experience multiple quality of life problems?
Differences by age group
Differences by social class
The paper highlights the importance of considering a range of issues, in addition to income and material living standards, when measuring quality of life. Report author Dorothy Watson notes “Policies aiming to maximise quality of life should consider how numerous issues, including health and housing, are experienced differently across age groups, particularly among those who are most disadvantaged.”
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