By Wolfgang Keck, Peter Krause (auth.), Richard J. Estes (eds.)
Environmentalissuescontinuedtoloomlargeinthelastdecadeofthetwentiethc- tury,especiallyenvironmentalproblemsrelatedtorisinglevelsofCO emissionsand 2 different greenhouse gases at the planet’s usual temperatures and, in this case, typhoon styles. Floods and droughts, together with unseasonably low and high temperatures turned the norm instead of the exception for big expanses of Africa,Asia and Oceania. Even huge parts of Europe and NorthAmerica have been s- jected to recurrent floods and droughts and skilled unseasonable extremes of cold and warm temperatures linked to man-made intrusions into the common surroundings. And,still,aglobalplanofactiontohaltman-relatedpatternsofdef- estation, desertification, and over-fishing of the seas has but to come back into being. even as, the variety of nearby conflicts and civil wars elevated and, with them, the lives of many girls, young ones, outdated humans and different n- fighters have been misplaced in those conflicts. more and more, nearby wars and conflicts had much less to do with disputes over land or different ordinary assets yet extra with the differing social, political and spiritual identifications of the folks engaged in those conflicts. Warnings of genocide and near-genocide stipulations have been regularly proclaimed to the realm group yet, unfortunately, the planet’s inter- tional defense gear proved to be mostly useless in containing some of the worst of those atrocities. consequently, thousands of individuals, ev- tually hundreds of thousands, died whereas waiting for the help of the worldwide neighborhood to carry an finish to their suffering.
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From an institutional perspective, this transformation has made fast progress, fostered by the guidelines of the Copenhagen criteria and the influence of the World Bank in the 1990s (Manning, 2004). However, a generational gap remains between the elderly, who have to deal with the rapid social changes and severe breaks in their life biography, and the young, who are more optimistic and make great efforts to handle the difficulties and insecurity associated with new freedoms. Last but not least, the dividing line between poor and rich countries EUROPEAN UNION ENLARGEMENT 21 might be constant because the ratio of poor to rich countries changed significantly with EU enlargement, and because of the limited means of support due to fixed national budgets and the need to avoid debt.
Based on this division, the research reported here addresses a gap in current knowledge through exploring the circumstances under which well-being could be promoted by looking at those whose well-being improved from the low or moderate level in 1994–1996 to the high level in 1997–1999. Using logistic regression the research was conducted in two phases. 4 In the second phase only those variables which were significantly associated with improved well-being in phase one were used (shown in italics in Table 1).
8). Although social support was not significant among women when all the variables were controlled for, generally for men any form of social support is better than none or poor support. Previous research has shown that the availability of social support, can be a valuable “resistance resource” in the event of life changes, even if not called upon, simply knowing that the resources of other people are available increases an individual’s strength and tension resolving ability (Antonovosky, 1974).
Advancing Quality of Life in a Turbulent World by Wolfgang Keck, Peter Krause (auth.), Richard J. Estes (eds.)