The Quality of Life in Autism Questionnaire (QoLA) is an autism-specific measure of the quality of life for parents of children on the autism spectrum.
The QoLA consists of two subscales.
Part A includes items designed to measure parents’ overall perception of their quality of life. Items include “I feel happy and content,” “I am satisfied with my social life,” and “I am satisfied with my close relationships”.
Part B include items designed to assess parents’ perception of how problematic their child’s autism-specific difficulties are for them. A list of 20 difficulties that children with ASD can experience is provided (e.g., “socialising with people,” “needing to stick to a routine,” “destructive behaviours including anger and aggression”).
The QoLA is available from Valsamma Eapen and colleagues at the Liverpool Hospital, Mental Health Centre, New South Wales, Australia.
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