Psychometric properties and Dutch norm data of the PedsQL Multidimensional Fatigue Scale for Young Adults

Lotte Haverman, Perrine F. Limperg, Hedy A. van Oers, Marion A.J. van Rossum, Heleen Maurice-Stam, Martha A. Grootenhuis

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess internal consistency and construct validity (known-groups validity) and to provide Dutch norm data for the Dutch Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory Multidimensional Fatigue Scale for Young Adults ages 18–30 years (PedsQL fatigue_YA). Methods: A Dutch sample of 649 young adults completed online a sociodemographic questionnaire and the PedsQL fatigue_YA including three subscales: general fatigue, sleep/rest fatigue and cognitive fatigue (0–100: Higher scores indicate less fatigue symptoms). Results: The PedsQL fatigue_YA showed satisfactory to good internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha = .70–.94), except for one scale (.68). The mean scale scores were 68.23 (SD 19.15) for ‘general fatigue,’ 67.04 (SD 15.54) for ‘sleep/rest fatigue’ and 74.62 (SD 19.02) for ‘cognitive fatigue.’ Men reported significantly higher scores on ‘general fatigue’ and ‘sleep/rest fatigue’ than women. The PedsQL fatigue_YA distinguished between healthy young adults and young adults with chronic health conditions, with higher scores on all scales in healthy young adults than in those with a chronic health condition. Conclusion: The results demonstrate good psychometric properties of the PedsQL fatigue_YA in a sample of Dutch young adults. With the current norms available, it is possible to evaluate fatigue in the Netherlands from childhood to adulthood with the PedsQL Multidimensional Fatigue Scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2841-2847
Number of pages7
JournalQuality of Life Research
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Fatigue
  • Health-Related Quality of Life
  • PedsQL
  • Psychometric properties
  • Self-report
  • Young adults


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