Health-related Quality of Life Screening Instrument for Children and Adolescents


The KIDSCREEN instruments assess children’s and adolescents’ subjective health and well-being (health-related quality of life, HRQOL). They were developed as self-report measures applicable for healthy and chronically ill children and adolescents aged from 8 to 18 years.


The KIDSCREEN-52 instrument measures ten Rasch scaled HRQoL dimensions: Physical Well-being, Psychological Well-being, Moods and Emotions, Self-Perception, Autonomy, Parent Relations and Home Life, Social Support and Peers, School Environment, Social Acceptance (Bullying), and Financial Resources. It was constructed and pilot tested using the data of more than 3.000 European children and adolescents.


Psychometric properties
Convergent and discriminant validity were tested using information about the children’s and adolescents’ physical  (Children with Special Health Care Needs screener for parents, CSHCN, Bethell et al., 2002) and mental health (Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire, SDQ, Goodman et al., 2000). For example, correlations up to .55 were found when correlating the KIDSCREEN dimensions with the frequency of physical complaints. In addition to this, in each country the relationship between national HRQOL instruments for children and adolescents and the KIDSCREEN 52-item version were analysed and showed overall satisfactory  results.  


Time required
Answering the KIDSCREEN-52 requires only 15-20 minutes. It provides a profile and allows an interpretation of the ten dimensions.

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