ERIC Number: EJ900695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Reliability and Validity of the World Health Organization Quality of Life: Brief Version (WHOQOL-BREF) in a Homeless Substance Dependent Veteran Population
Garcia-Rea, Elizabeth A.; LePage, James P.
Social Indicators Research, v99 n2 p333-340 Nov 2010
With the high number of homeless, there is a critical need for rapid and accurate assessment of quality of life to assess program outcomes. The World Health Organization's WHOQOL-100 has demonstrated promise in accurately assessing quality-of-life in this population. However, its length may make large scale use impractical for working with a homeless population. The World Health Organization Quality of Life-Brief version (WHOQOL-BREF), though providing a shorter instrument and being, theoretically, more manageable has not been evaluated for use with homeless individuals. This study evaluated the psychometric properties of the WHOQOL-BREF in 389 homeless veterans. Adequate internal consistency for all domains was found and validity for each domain was supported using the Personality Assessment Inventory. The WHOQOL-BREF provides a reliable, valid, and brief assessment of quality-of-life. Due to the length of the instrument and the domains covered, it could have great utility in the assessment of homeless populations with multiple problem domains.
Descriptors: Homeless People, Personality Assessment, Quality of Life, Test Validity, Psychometrics, Test Reliability, Veterans, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Social Indicators, Sociometric Techniques, Substance Abuse
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personality Assessment Inventory