The Assessment of Quality of Life in Transitional Neighborhoods

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From: Social Indicators Research(Vol. 119, Issue 3)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Author abstract; Report
Length: 260 words

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Byline: Mohammad Soleimani (1), Simin Tavallaei (2), Hossain Mansuorian (3), Zahra Barati (2) Keywords: Quality of life; Subjective indicators; Objective indicators; Urban transitional neighborhoods; Darvazeshemiran neighborhood Abstract: Quality of life (QoL) is being considered as one of the fundamental concepts in contemporary era. It tries to assess the level of general welfare of the communities. Urban transitional neighborhoods possess specific situation and as a result present distinctive QoL. The major objective of this study is to identify and measure the QoL dimensions in urban transitional neighborhoods using both objective and subjective indices pertaining to Darvazeshemiran neighborhood of Tehran. In order to accomplish this and gather needed data, 244 questionnaires were distributed among Darvazeshemiran's residents. This study suggests that there exists low level of QoL in the study area. That is 64.3 % of the residents were dissatisfied with the prevailing level of QoL. This in turn is associated with the transitional nature of this neighborhood. The residents were strongly dissatisfied with regard to the environmental qualification as opposed to accessibility status. Furthermore, this study identified five objective factors respectively regarding QoL. There exists low correlation between subjective and objective dimensions. That demands simultaneous consideration of both objective and subjective dimensions. It is argued that individual treatments of each could not accurately represent the QoL of residents. Author Affiliation: (1) Department of Geography and Urban Planning, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran (2) Department of Geography and Urban Planning, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran (3) Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran Article History: Registration Date: 24/12/2013 Accepted Date: 23/12/2013 Online Date: 11/01/2014

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A388631949