Title: Applying a developmental approach to quality of life assessment in children and adolescents with psychological disorders: challenges and guidelines
Authors: Carona, Carlos 
Silva, Neuza 
Moreira, Helena 
Keywords: Adolescent;Age Factors;Child;Humans;Mental Disorders;Research Design;Validation Studies as Topic;Guidelines as Topic;Quality of Life
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Research on the quality of life (QL) of children/adolescents with psychological disorders has flourished over the last few decades. Given the developmental challenges of QL measurements in pediatric populations, the aim of this study was to ascertain the extent to which a developmental approach to QL assessment has been applied to pedopsychiatric QL research. A systematic literature search was conducted in three electronic databases (PubMed, PsycINFO, SocINDEX) from 1994 to May 2014. Quantitative studies were included if they assessed the self- or proxy-reported QL of children/adolescents with a psychological disorder. Data were extracted for study design, participants, QL instruments and informants, and statistical approach to age-related specificities. The systematic review revealed widespread utilization of developmentally appropriate QL instruments but less frequent use of both self and proxy reports and an inconsistent approach to age group specificities. Methodological guidelines are discussed to improve the developmental validity of QL research for children/adolescents with mental disorders.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/47180
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CINEICC - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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