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Applicability and validity of the Amnestic Comparative Self-Assessment in adolescents

Karolin Roeser, Barbara Schwerdtle, Ruth Eichholz, Andrea Kübler
  • Barbara Schwerdtle
    Department of Psychology I, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Ruth Eichholz
    Department of Psychology I, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Andrea Kübler
    Department of Psychology I, University of Würzburg; Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tübingen, Germany

Abstract

The Amnestic Comparative Self-Assessment (ACSA) is a sensitive, efficient, and economic instrument to assess overall quality of life in adult populations. The present study investigates the applicability of the ACSA in an adolescent sample and compares it to a measure of health-related quality of life, the Kiddo-Kindl. The sample comprised 92 adolescents (50 girls, 42 boys) aged 11-17 years (mean age: 13.67, standard deviation: 1.34). Of the investigated sample, n=69 (75%) completed the ACSA. No significant demographic differences were found between ACSA-respondents and non-respondents. The correlation of the Kiddo-Kindl and the ACSA was moderate (r=0.50). The Kiddo-Kindl subscales and the ACSA correlated between r=0.07 and 0.41. The majority of adolescents are able to complete the ASCA, and its acceptance and validity are independent of age. Thus, future investigations could adopt the ACSA in adolescents to assess overall quality of life.

Keywords

adolescence, quality of life, amnestic comparative self-assessment, health-related quality of life

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