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Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory: Social Subscale

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Supplemental for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Short Description of Instrument

The PedsQL is a 23-item measure that can be used to assess health-related quality of life in children. The measure includes items in the domains of physical, emotional, social and school functioning. Age-appropriate child forms are available between the ages of 5 and 18, and parent proxy forms can be used down to age 2. Respondents indicate how much each item has been a problem in the past month; responses for 8-18 year old children and for parents are rated on a 5-point Likert scale, while younger children rate their responses on a 3-point scale. A total score and two summary scores for physical health and psychosocial health can be calculated.


The total score is on a scale from 1-100, with higher scores indicating a higher health- related quality of life. Summary scores and scores for each subscale are computed by averaging the component item responses, and range between 0-4.
The PedsQL is appropriate for children and adolescents ages 2-18 years.

The test can be completed in under  5 minutes. Parents and children 8 years or older may self-administer the PedsQL or the administrator can read the instructions to the child.
"It has been used in pediatric TBI and has been translated into over 48 languages including Spanish." – McCauley et al. 2012
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McCarthy, M. L., MacKenzie, E. J., Durbin, D. R., Aitken, M. E., Jaffe, K. M., Paidas, C. N., Slomine, B. S., Dorsch, A. M., Christensen, J. R., and Ding, R. (2006). Health-related quality of life during the first year after traumatic brain injury. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 160(3), 252-260.
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Document last updated April 2020