Generic Quality of Life Measures for Children and Adolescents

  • K. J. Zullig
  • M. R. Matthews
  • R. Gilman
  • R. F. Valois
  • E. S. Huebner
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The purpose of this chapter was to review generic measures of child and adolescent (ages 18 or less) quality of life (QOL) that have been applied in at least two populations (e.g., age groups, nationalities, etc.) and have yielded strong psychometric properties. The chapter begins with a discussion regarding the relevance of quality of life measurement to health care. Next, we briefly review the challenges associated with QOL measurement in general followed by multidimensional measures that have been applied to various general (i.e., non-clinical) samples. Multidimensional measures were chosen for this review because they gather important information across a number of life domains. For example, understanding the contribution of environmental factors to an adolescent’s behavioral, cognitive, and overall health functioning is critical to understanding human development In this regard, multidimensional QOL measures can help assess the potential influence of various proximal (e.g., quality of school experiences) and distal factors (e.g., quality of neighborhood environment) on life quality among youth.

The measures in this review are classified into two categories: (1) those that contain both objective and subjective QOL indicators, and (2) those comprised of subjective QOL measures only. Specifically, we review the Comprehensive Quality of Life Scale-School Version (ComQOL-S5: Cummins, 1997), the Quality of Life Profile-Adolescent Version (QOLPAV: Raphael et al., 1996), the Youth Quality of Life (YQOL: Edwards et al., 2002; Patrick et al., 2002), and the Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS: Huebner, 1994). Lastly, we recommend some suggestions for future research in youth QOL measurement, including promising efforts to use QOL as one overall index of well-being.


Life Satisfaction Life Satisfaction Scale Multidimensional Student Youth Quality Perceive Life Quality 
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List of Abbreviations:


behavior assessment system for children-second edition


child and youth well-being index


child health and illness profile


child health questionnaire-child form


child health questionnaire-parent form


children’s depression inventory


comprehensive quality of life scale-school version


conners’ auxiliary adhd/dsm iv instrument


functional disability inventory


generic children’s quality of life measure


German Munich quality of life questionnaire for children


multidimensional students’ life satisfaction scale


pediatric quality of life inventory


personal well-being index-school children


quality of life


quality of life profile-adolescent version


short form


short form-12 health survey


sickness impact profile


teddy quality of life


the quality of life measure for children


youth quality of life


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. J. Zullig
    • 1
  • M. R. Matthews
  • R. Gilman
  • R. F. Valois
  • E. S. Huebner
  1. 1.Department of Community Medicine School of MedicineWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownWV

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