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Paediatric health-related quality of life instrument for primary school children: cross-cultural validation
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2007
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 59, Issue 5, pages 542–550, September 2007
How to Cite
Laaksonen, C., Aromaa, M., Heinonen, O. J., Suominen, S. and Salanterä, S. (2007), Paediatric health-related quality of life instrument for primary school children: cross-cultural validation. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59: 542–550. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04347.x
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2007
- Accepted for publication 26 April 2007
- cross-cultural validation;
- health-related quality of life;
- measurement tool;
- Pediatric Quality of Life InventoryTM
Title. Paediatric health-related quality of life instrument for primary school children: cross-cultural validation.
Aim. This article is a report of a study to validate the Finnish version of the Pediatric Quality of Life InventoryTM (PedsQLTM*) for children aged 8–12 years.
Background. Promoting and improving health and well-being of children are the global goals of primary-day health care. Sophisticated, internationally valid measurement tools are needed for planning, conducting and evaluating interventions to meet these challenges. The PedsQLTM is a promising, relatively new instrument developed in the United States to assess health-related quality of life (HRQL) in children and adolescents.
Method. Content validity of the Finnish version of PedsQLTM 4.0 was assessed in 2004 during the translation process and tested by performing cognitive interviews with children aged 8–12 years (n = 7) and their parents (n = 5). Construct validity and reliability of the Finnish version of the PedsQLTM 4.0 were statistically tested on a sample of school children (n = 1097) and their parents (n = 999).
Findings. Cognitive interviews confirmed that the concepts, questions and response alternatives of the Finnish version are equivalent to the original PedsQLTM 4.0. The Finnish version was easy to understand and complete. The construct validity was good. Cronbach´s alpha values were excellent for the total scale score (Child-Self Report α = 0·91 and Parent-Proxy Report α = 0·88) and good for sub- and summary scales (Child-Self Report α = 0·73–0·89 and Parent-Proxy Report α = 0·69–0·86).
Conclusion. Results support previous research on validity and reliability of the PedsQLTM 4.0. The Finnish version of the PedsQLTM 4.0 demonstrated good validity and reliability in primary school children. Future research is needed to examine, construct and predictive validity of the Finnish version of the PedsQLTM 4.0.