Quality of Life Research, Volume (2), No (19), Year (2010-1) , Pages (219-224)

Title : ( Cross-national comparability of the WHOQOL-BREF: a measurement invariance approach. )

Authors: Peter Theuns , Joeri Hofmans , Mehrdad Mazaheri , Frederik Van Acker , Jan L. Bernheim ,

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate whether the WHOQOL-BREF measures the QOL construct in the same way across nations. Methods: Students from Flanders, Belgium and Iran completed the WHOQOL-BREF as part of a larger Quality of Life questionnaire. Their responses were compared using a multi-group confirmatory factor analysis. Results: In general, the QOL construct appears rather similar in both cultures; however, participants from both countries seem to respond differently to particular items of the WHOQOL-BREF. Especially for the physical and psychological domain, this is problematic, because none of their indicators works in the same way across samples. Conclusions: Notwithstanding some limitations of this study, it must be concluded that the WHOQOL-BREF should only be used with great caution in cross-national comparisons.

Keywords

, Quality-of-life construct, Measurement invariance, Intercultural comparability, Life
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@article{paperid:1055028,
author = {Peter Theuns and Joeri Hofmans and Mazaheri, Mehrdad and Frederik Van Acker and Jan L. Bernheim},
title = {Cross-national comparability of the WHOQOL-BREF: a measurement invariance approach.},
journal = {Quality of Life Research},
year = {2010},
volume = {2},
number = {19},
month = {January},
issn = {0962-9343},
pages = {219--224},
numpages = {5},
keywords = {Quality-of-life construct; Measurement invariance; Intercultural comparability; Life domains},
}

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%T Cross-national comparability of the WHOQOL-BREF: a measurement invariance approach.
%A Peter Theuns
%A Joeri Hofmans
%A Mazaheri, Mehrdad
%A Frederik Van Acker
%A Jan L. Bernheim
%J Quality of Life Research
%@ 0962-9343
%D 2010

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