An Inductive Approach

Ruut Veenhoven
In: Kathleen Matuska, Charles Christiansen, Helene Polatajko & Jane Davis (Eds.) Life Balance: Multidisciplinary Theories and Research, AOTA Press, 2009, Bethesda, MD USA, ISBN 978-1-55642-906-4, Chapter 4, pp 33-42

There are three approaches to assessing life balance: (a) assessing how well the reality of a person’s life fits preconceptions of what a balanced life should be, (b) assessing how balanced people think their own life is, and (c) assessing which lifestyle mixes yield the most happiness. In theory, these approaches can yield quite different results, and the available evidence shows that they also do so in practice. In case of conflict, there are good arguments for favoring the last approach, but the policy process is best served with making the differences explicit.

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