Matters in Maine: Measuring Individual Health, Well-Being, and Life Satisfaction

Assistant Professor of Social Science Catherine Turcotte

RAP Highlights

A Fall 2012 session of the Research and Pedagogy Colloquium series
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Wednesday, November 14 from Noon to 1 pm
University of Maine at Augusta, Katz Library
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While the ongoing (and many claim, deepening) economic crisis has been chronicled extensively on a national and global level, less examination has been undertaken on the welfare of residents in our local communities. Many individuals in central Maine are facing increasing challenges in obtaining and maintaining adequate housing, employment, heating, medical and dental care, and nutrition, for example, with close to one-third of Maine residents classified as poor or near-poor.

Using surveys and semi-structured interviews, residents of Augusta, Bangor, and surrounding communities were asked by students in selected Social Problems courses at UMA to assess their living standards across six domains, including self-reported life satisfaction. This presentation will introduce this ongoing project and present preliminary findings from qualitative and quantitative data. Results thus far indicate that many residents experience difficulty in acquiring adequate dental care and residential heat and encounter extended periods of unemployment. Moreover, lower levels of overall life satisfaction were found among individuals reporting more challenges to their well-being.

This event is co-sponsored by the office of the Provost, the UMA Faculty Senate and University College at Rockland. Please share this invitation with your colleagues. We hope to see you there!
-- Jodi Williams, UMA RaP coordinator
-- Sarah Hentges, UMA Bangor RaP coordinator
-- James Cook, UMA RaP coordinator

For more information on the Research and Pedagogy Colloquium Series at the University of Maine at Augusta, visit The RaP colloquium series is supported by the Faculty Senate and Provost of the University of Maine at Augusta.