Quality of Life Assesment of Elementary School Age Children With Special Needs

Inese Švekle, Lolita Cibule, Aivars Vētra
Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Guna Eglīte
Riga Technical University, Institute of Production Quality, Latvia

Summary

Introduction. Health related quality of life is often considered to be a general informative health index. Therefore it is essential to involve children in its assessment as early as possible using measurements that are recognized world-wide. In the developed countries the indices of quality of life are used as a basis for the implementation of policies to meet children’s needs, which includes not only the needs of individuals, but are also used in the analysis of economic, social, cultural, educational and political aspects of the entire society.

The Aim of the Study. To compare self-reports of the quality of life of children with special needs aged 7–10 in Riga with the assessments of their parents and with the European normative data developed by the KIDSCREEN research group. Lasīt vairāk "Quality of Life Assesment of Elementary School Age Children With Special Needs"

Correlation Between Experiences of Artistic Creative Self-Expressions and Life Experiences in Crisis Condition

Daiga Kalēja-Gasparoviča
Riga Teaching and Educational Management Academy, Latvia

Abstract

Contemporary conditions determine a relationship between the quality of individual’s life and individually developed creative abilities: the ability to adapt to extraordinary situations and circumstances of life, flexibility in thought and action. The studies of visual arts provide an opportunity of enriching one’s experience in creative activities, at the same time facilitating the development of creative abilities. Experiences acquired earlier in life (impressions, low selfesteem and negative experiences) affect artistic creative self-expression and enhanced creative experiences, accordingly, affect the quality of life.

The aim of the article is to reveal and justify the correlations between the personal experiences of artistic creative self-expression and personal life experiences. Methods used in this study: review of scientific literature and  mpirical methods: observation and interviews. Lasīt vairāk "Correlation Between Experiences of Artistic Creative Self-Expressions and Life Experiences in Crisis Condition"