Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_974



The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory or PedsQLTM, now in its fourth version, is a series of assessment instruments designed to measure the health-related quality of life of children. The authors of the measure conceptualize health-related quality of life as the physical, psychological, and social functioning of the child. The PedsQL 4.0 provides an opportunity for the assessment of both overall (generic) quality of life as well as disease-specific quality of life.

The PedsQL 4.0 Generic Core Scales are appropriate for assessing health-related quality of life in both healthy and chronically ill children. The four scales making up this generic battery include Physical Functioning (8 items), Emotional Functioning (5 items), Social Functioning (5 items), and School Functioning (5 items). From these four core scales, three standardized summary scores can be calculated: a Total Quality of Life Score, a Physical Health Summary Score (based on the physical...

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References and Readings

  1. Palermo, T. M., Long, A. C., Lewandowski, A., Drotar, D., Quittner, A. L., & Walker, L. S. (2008). Evidence-based assessment of health-related quality of life and functional impairment in pediatric psychology. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33, 983–996.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  3. Varni, J. W., Seid, M., & Kurtin, P. S. (2001). PedsQLTM4.0: Reliability and validity of the Pediatric Quality of Life InventoryTM Version 4.0 generic core scales in healthy and patient populations. Medical Care, 39, 800–812.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of OncologyThe Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.The Center for Injury Prevention and ResearchThe Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA