The PedsQL Measurement Model
The PedsQL assesses wellbeing from a clinical perspective across four domains: physical, emotional, social, and school functioning. It includes a model for children Ages 2 to 18 and a separate parent proxy report. It is reliable and valid, and it is responsive to clinical changes over time. It contains 23 items rated on a 0-4 Likert scale by the frequency each statement accurately describes the child’s life. The PedsQL can be completed in about 4 minutes. It has been previously used in a sleep and wellbeing intervention for elementary students (Quach, 2011). This questionnaire has been translated into multiple languages, including broadcast Spanish. It is free for non-academic use, which would probably include most school leaders (ePROVIDE, 2019).
Pros for Schools
Cons for Schools
Proxy report option
Some translations lack ”full linguistic validation process” (ePROVIDE, 2019)
Suggestions for Further Research
ePROVIDE. (2019, October). Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ (PedsQL™). https://edtechbooks.org/-Dke
Quach, J., Hiscock, H., Ukoumunne, O.C., Wake, M. (2011). A brief sleep intervention improves outcomes in the school entry year: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/4/692. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-0409
Varni, J.W. (1998-2020). About the model. PedsQL TM (Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory TM www.pedsql.org/about_pedsql.html
Varni, J.W. (1998-2020). Limited use license. PedsQL TM (Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory TM., www.pedsql.org/pedsql12.html
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