Reliability and Validity of the PedsQL™ Oral Health Scale: Measuring the Relationship Between Child Oral Health and Health-Related Quality of Life Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined the reliability and validity of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) Oral Health Scale, a 5-item measure of child self-reported and parent-proxy reported pediatric oral health. One hundred twenty-six families participated during Phase 1 of the study, and 34 during Phase 2. Internal consistency and agreement between parent and child reports were examined. The construct, criterion-related, and convergent validity of the measure was supported by the results of this study. Using the PedsQL Oral Health Scale and the PedsQL 4.0 Generic Core Scales provide a generic health-related quality of life assessment that captures the physical, emotional, social, school, and oral domains of health.

author list (cited authors)

  • Steele, M. M., Steele, R. G., & Varni, J. W.

complete list of authors

  • Steele, Michael M||Steele, Ric G||Varni, James W

publication date

  • July 2009