Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL)

  • Meghan L. Marsac
  • Melissa A. AlderferEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_974-2



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. The authors of the measure conceptualize health-related quality of life as physical, psychological, and social functioning. The PedsQL 4.0 provides an opportunity for the assessment of both overall (generic) quality of life and 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 functioning items), and a Psychosocial...

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References and Further Readings

  1. Desai, A. D., Zhou, C., Stanford, S., Haaland, W., Varni, J. W., & Mangione-Smith, R. M. (2014). Validity and responsiveness of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) 4.0 Generic Core Scales in the pediatric inpatient setting. JAMA Pediatrics, 68, 1114–1121.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  6. Varni, J.W., Bendo, C.B., Denham, J., Shulman, R.J., Self, M.M., Neigut, D.A., Nurko, S., Patel, A.S, Franciosi, J.P., Saps, M., Yeckes, A., Langseder, A., Saeed, S., & Pohl, J.F. (2015). PedsQL™ Gastrointestinal Symptoms Scales and Gastrointestinal Worry Scales in pediatric patients with functional and organic gastrointestinal diseases in comparison to healthy controls. Quality of Life Research, 24, 363–378.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsKentucky Children’s Hospital and College of Medicine, University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.The Center for Healthcare Delivery ScienceNemours Children’s Health System/A. I. duPont Hospital for ChildrenWilmingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Deborah J. Wiebe
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  1. 1.Psychological SciencesUniversity of California, MercedMercedUSA