The Family Quality of Life Scale (FQOL)


Author of Tool: 

Beach Center on Disability

Key references: 

Hoffman, L., Marquis, J., Poston, D., Summers, J. A., & Turnbull, A. (2006). Assessing family outcomes: Psychometric evaluation of the beach center family quality of life scale. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68(4), 1069-1083.

Beach Center on Disabilities. (2006). Family Quality of Life Scale. Beach Center on Disabilities, Lawrence, KS, USA.

Hu, X., Summers, J. A., Turnbull, A., & Zuna, N. (2011). The quantitative measurement of family quality of life: A review of available instruments. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 55, 1098-1114.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Family Quality of Life Scale (FQOL) is a 25-item inventory rate on a 5 point Likert-type scale. Its purpose is to measure several aspects of families’ perceived satisfaction in terms of quality of family life. Family quality of life is measured under five domains: Family Interaction, Parenting, Emotional Well-being, Physical / Material Well-being, and Disability-Related Support.


Quality of life has received much attention in recent years as a method of determining general well-being. Consequently, a wide range of tools now exist measuring quality of life in a variety of ways. However, family quality of life has received not nearly the same level of attention despite its crucial role in shaping our young lives. For this reason, the Family Quality of Life Scale (FQOL) was developed by (Hu, Summers, Turnbull, & Zuna, 2011).


The psychometric details of the Family Quality of Life Scale (FQOL) are discussed in (Hu, Summers, Turnbull, & Zuna, 2011) and also in the scoring key document attached below.



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