The emics and etics of quality of life assessment

@article{Warner1999TheEA,
  title={The emics and etics of quality of life assessment},
  author={Richard Warner},
  journal={Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology},
  year={1999},
  volume={34},
  pages={117-121}
}
Background: Among quality of life (QOL) researchers there is a debate over the value of subjective measures, because subjective ratings of different areas of people's lives often bear little relation to their objective life circumstances. Anthropological theory can illuminate this debate, since cultural anthropologists grapple with a similar issue – the difference between emics and etics. Emic data, in anthropology, deal with distinctions that are real and significant to natives of the culture… CONTINUE READING