Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Helen McConachie,
Professor Jeremy Parr,
Dr Jacqueline Rodgers
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
Accurate measurement of quality of life (QoL) is important for evaluation of autism services and trials of interventions. We undertook psychometric validation of the World Health Organisation measure—WHOQoL-BREF, examined construct validity of the WHO Disabilities module and developed nine additional autism-specific items (ASQoL) from extensive consultation with the autism community. The sample of 309 autistic people was recruited from the Adult Autism Spectrum Cohort-UK. The WHOQoL-BREF had good psychometric properties, including criterion, convergent, divergent and discriminant validity. The WHO Disabilities module showed adequate construct validity and reliability. The ASQoL items form a unitary factor of QoL, with one global item. Future studies can use the WHO measures alongside the ASQoL items to measure QoL of autistic people.
Author(s): McConachie H, Mason D, Parr JR, Garland D, Wilson C, Rodgers J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print publication date: 01/05/2018
Online publication date: 29/11/2017
Acceptance date: 08/11/2017
ISSN (print): 0162-3257
ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432
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