Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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ASHA Quality of Communication Life Scale

  • Diane PaulEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9143




The American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA) Quality of Communication Life Scale (QCL) was designed to assess the impact of a communication disorder on an adult’s relationships and interactions with communication partners and on participation in social, leisure, work, and educational activities. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines quality of life as individuals’ “perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns” (WHOQCL Group 1995). ASHA defines Quality of Communication Life as “…the extent to which a person’s communication acts, as constrained within the boundaries drawn by personal and environmental factors, and as filtered through this person’s perspective, allow meaningful participation in life situations” (Paul et al. 2004). The QCL is intended to be used as part of a comprehensive communication...

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  1. 1.Clinical Issues in Speech-Language PathologyAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationRockvilleUSA