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The KIDSCREEN-27 quality of life measure for children and adolescents: psychometric results from a cross-cultural survey in 13 European contries
School of Public Health, WHO Collaborating Center for Child and Adolescent Health Promotion, University of Bielefeld, Germany .
Department of Public Health, University Hospital of Marseille, Marseille, France 3. Munich University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany .
School of Public Health, WHO Collaborating Center for Child and Adolescent Health Promotion, University of Bielefeld, Germany .
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2007 (English)In: Quality of Life Research, ISSN 0962-9343, E-ISSN 1573-2649, Vol. 16, no 8, 1347-1356 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective

To assess the construct and criterion validity of the KIDSCREEN-27 health-related quality of life (HRQoL) questionnaire, a shorter version of the KIDSCREEN-52.

Methods

The five-dimensional KIDSCREEN-27 was tested in a sample of 22,827. For criterion validity the correlation with and the percentage explained variance of the scores of the KIDSCREEN-52 instrument were examined. Construct validity was assessed by testing a priori expected associations with other generic HRQoL measures (YQOL-S, PedsQL, CHIP), indicators of physical and mental health, and socioeconomic status. Age and gender differences were investigated.

Results

Correlation with corresponding scales of the KIDSCREEN-52 ranged from r = 0.63 to r = 0.96, and r 2 ranged from 0.39 to 0.92. Correlations between other HRQoL questionnaires and KIDSCREEN-27 dimensions were moderate to high for those assessing similar constructs (r = 0.36 to 0.63). Statistically significant and sizeable differences between physically and mentally healthy and ill children were found in all KIDSCREEN-27 dimensions together with strong associations with psychosomatic complaints (r = −0.52). Most of the KIDSCREEN-27 dimensions showed a gradient according to socio-economic status, age and gender.

Conclusions

The KIDSCREEN-27 seems to be a valid measure of HRQoL in children and adolescents. Further research is needed to assess longitudinal validity and sensitivity to change.

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2007. Vol. 16, no 8, 1347-1356 p.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Public Health Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24566DOI: 10.1007/s11136-007-9240-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-24566DiVA: diva2:598335
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2015-06-18Bibliographically approved

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