Validation of a Disease-Specific Questionnaire for Measuring Parent-Reported Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Allergies
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 26, no 4, 679-687 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: To evaluate the properties and suitability of a disease-specific questionnaire to assess parent-reported health-related quality of life (HRQL) of children and parents of children suffering from food hypersensitivity (FHS) or allergy to furred pets (AFP). Methods: The parents of 202 children with FHS and of 131 children with AFP filled in questionnaires comprising the CHQ-PF28 and the Food-Pet-Allergy in Children (FPAC) Questionnaire. Psychometric properties of the FPAC questionnaire were evaluated separately for FHS and AFP. Results: Analyses resulted in five proposed scales: Limitations of Family/Child Activities (I), Parents Distress (II), Childs Emotions (III), Child in School (IV) and Family Conflicts (V). Convergent/discriminant validity for scales I, II and III of both questionnaires was high; for scale IV it was moderate. All five FHS and four AFP scales were able to distinguish significantly between children with and without clinical allergy symptoms (known-group validity). Internal consistency reliability was good for scales I, II and III, but poor for scale IV. Conclusion: Three valid scales were determined for both FHS and AFP (Limitations of Family/Child Activities, Parents Distress and Childs Emotions) and can be used in clinical research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 26, no 4, 679-687 p.
quality of life, childhood, furred pet allergy, food hypersensitivity
Research subject Nursing Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38475DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2012.00980.xISI: 000310791200008PubMedID: 22420368OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38475DiVA: diva2:897856