The humanistic perspective as “a lighthouse” for the perception of QOL/FQOL and its application

Ran Neuman, Shunit Reiter, Roy I. Brown

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Quality of life (QOL) has become an increasingly important topic in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Those efforts have included the structuring of models of QOL and more recently Family Quality of life (FQOL). The time has arrived to examine other developments and consider their place in a QOL paradigm. In this article, we have described one of the aspects of QOL that does not appear to be formally or directly structured into models of QOL, namely the role of the humanistic perspective as “a lighthouse” concept for the perception of QOL/FQOL and a vehicle for its application in practice. It is recognized that many researchers and practitioners have considered or practised a humanistic approach but the core beliefs and elements on humanism have received less specific or detailed attention in the QOL literature. This article proposes humanistic philosophy to be the basis for defining humanistic theoretical principles and guidelines for practice, and to be an important vehicle for operationalizing and applying quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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© 2023 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Wiley Periodicals LLC.


  • humanism
  • intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • quality of life
  • research to practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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