Print Email Facebook Twitter The proxy problem: Child report versus parent report in health-related quality of life research Title The proxy problem: Child report versus parent report in health-related quality of life research Author Theunissen, N.C.M. Vogels, T.G.C. Koopman, H.M. Verrips, G.H.W. Zwinderman, K.A.H. Verloove-Vanhorick, S.P. Wit, J.M. TNO Preventie en Gezondheid Publication year 1998 Abstract This study evaluates the agreement between child and parent reports on children's health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in a representative sample of 1,105 Dutch children (age 8-11 years old). Both children and their parents completed a 56 item questionnaire (TACQOL). The questionnaire contains seven eight-item scales: physical complaints, motor functioning, autonomy, cognitive functioning, social functioning, positive emotions and negative emotions. The Pearson correlations between the child and parent reports were between 0.44 and 0.61 (p < 0.001). The intraclass correlations were between 0.39 and 0.62. On average, the children reported a significantly lower HRQoL than their parents on the physical complaints, motor functioning, autonomy, cognitive functioning and positive emotions scales (paired t-test: p < 0.05). Agreement on all of the scales was related to the magnitude of the HRQoL scores and to some background variables (gender, age, temporary illness and visiting a physician). According to multitrait-multimethod analyses, both the child and parent reports proved to be valid. Subject HealthChild reportHealth statusHealth-related quality of lifeParent reportProxyAdultChildEvaluation StudiesFemaleHealth Status IndicatorsHumansLinear ModelsMaleParent-Child RelationsQuality of LifeQuestionnairesSick Role To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:859467cb-f9db-4039-ac8a-7aa23844ccad DOI https://doi.org/10.1023/a:1008801802877 TNO identifier 234576 ISSN 0962-9343 Source Quality of Life Research, 7 (5), 387-397 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.