The Generic Children's Quality of Life Measure (GCQ) is used to measure the quality of life in children between the ages of 6 and 14 years. It can be used with children in the general population, as well as those who have specific health or social difficulties. The GCQ is not symptom-oriented or problem-specific, but focused on areas that are interest to all children such as families, peer relationships and school.
|Reliability||Degree to which respondents in a similar sample had similar scores||
Internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha):
Perceived-self Scale - 0.74
|Construct validity||Degree to which a test measures what it claims to be measuring||Construct validity is based on the hypothesis that a child's quality of life is directly related to satisfaction with life. The correlation between the general life satisfaction item and the overall score for quality of life is 0.50 which supports construct validity on this basis.|
The GCQ is to be completed by individuals aged 6-14 years.
There are two versions of the GCQ booklets, one for boys and one for girls. The following materials are available for purchase from Hogrefe Ltd:
GCQ Starter Set
GCQ Professional Manual
GCQ Boy Item Booklets with Score Sheets
GCQ Girl Item Booklets with Score Sheets
Scoring and interpretation
The obtained raw scores are converted to T-scores and/or percentiles (using lookup tables) so that normative comparisons can be made. In addition to the discrepancy score as an indication of overall reported quality of life, the standard scores for the Perceived-Self and Preferred-Self can provide additional information. For example where the discrepancy between them is small but they are both low compared to the norm group there may be issues about low expectations in relation to life quality
Collier J, MacKinlay D, Phillips D. (2000). Norm values for the Generic Children’s Quality of Life Measure (GCQ) from a large school‐based sample. Quality of Life Research 2000 (9), 617‐623.