Quality of Life Research

, Volume 14, Issue 7, pp 1783–1789

Validity and reliability of the Bangla version of WHOQOL-BREF on an adolescent population in Bangladesh

  • Takashi Izutsu
  • Atsuro Tsutsumi
  • Md. Akramul Islam
  • Yusuke Matsuo
  • Helena Sayuri Yamada
  • Hiroshi Kurita
  • Susumu Wakai
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DOI: 10.1007/s11136-005-1744-z

Cite this article as:
Izutsu, T., Tsutsumi, A., Islam, M.A. et al. Qual Life Res (2005) 14: 1783. doi:10.1007/s11136-005-1744-z

Abstract

The objectives of this study were to develop a Bangla version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life questionnaire (WHOQOL-BREF), and assess its reliability and validity on an adolescent population in Bangladesh. In total, 187 boys (mean age 14.6 years ± SD 2.1) and 137 girls (15.2 ± SD 2.0) from residential areas, and 157 boys (13.8 ± SD 2.1) and 121 girls (13.4 ± SD 2.1) from slums in Dhaka were interviewed using a questionnaire, which included a Bangla translation of the WHOQOL-BREF. Thirty-eight randomly selected adolescents from the original interviewed group were re-administered the same questionnaire 1 week later. On the whole, the Bangla version of WHOQOL-BREF showed good internal consistency and test–retest reliability. In comparisons between residential and slum areas, discriminant validities were observed in the total and environmental domain of both genders and in the social relationship domain of males. Furthermore, discriminant validities of physical and psychological domains were observed in gender comparisons. These results suggest that the Bangla version of WHOQOL-BREF is valid and reliable in assessing the quality of life of adolescents in Bangladesh.

Keywords

Adolescents Bangladesh Mental health Quality of life Slum 

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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takashi Izutsu
    • 1
  • Atsuro Tsutsumi
    • 2
  • Md. Akramul Islam
    • 3
  • Yusuke Matsuo
    • 4
  • Helena Sayuri Yamada
    • 5
  • Hiroshi Kurita
    • 6
  • Susumu Wakai
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Forensic Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental HealthNational Center of Neurology and PsychiatryIchikawa-city, ChibaJapan
  2. 2.Department of International Community Health, Graduate School of MedicineThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3.BRAC (The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee)DhakaBangladesh
  4. 4.Faculty of LawChuo UniversityTokyoJapan
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryThe University of TokyoJapan
  6. 6.Department of Mental Health, Graduate School of MedicineThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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