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Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is a complex construct. Given the array of definitions and perspectives, HRQOL is challenging to define, embed in a theoretical framework, and operationalize. While theory and research on HRQOL in children have grown, adequate methods to measure this construct are needed. As such, a previous review of literature on health related quality of life in children revealed an increase in theoretical articles that addresses the importance of the problem but lack adequate instruments to assess children’s health related quality of life (Ravens-Sieberer & Bullinger, 1998) . Hence, instruments like the KINDL-R were developed. For that reason, it has been debated that in order for an instrument to be practical, it must have identifiable and theoretically solid underpinnings. It is probable that an instrument may have strong psychometric properties, yet lack adequate theoretical underpinnings. Also, a HRQOL instrument may correlate well with a functioning instrument; however, given that this is different construct of HRQOL, it does not provide evidence the instrument is actually measuring HRQOL. Therefore a HRQOL instrument is considered theoretically strong if the instrument rests on a clear and operational definition of HRQOL,…show more content…
There’s an obvious correlation between the concepts of Bronfenbrenner’s model and the constructs of the KINDL-R. Bronfenbrenner’s concepts of process, person, context, and time align with the constructs (physical well-being, emotional well-being, self esteem, family social contacts, and school) of the KINDL-R. In regards to Bronfenbrenner’s concept of time, the KINDL-R presents different versions for age groups. It can be argued that the different versions for age groups illustrate that HRQOL may differ at different times in a child’s life. The KINDL-R assesses multiple aspects of HRQOL, ensuring the multidimensionality of the
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