Family Quality of Life Scale (FQOL)

How satisfied am I that…
1. My family enjoys spending time together.
2. My family members help the children learn to be independent.
3. My family has the support we need to relieve stress.
4. My family members have friends or others who provide support.
5. My family members help the children with schoolwork and activities.
6. My family members have transportation to get to the places they need to be.
7. My family members talk openly with each other.
8. My family members teach the children how to get along with others.
9. My family members have some time to pursue our own interests.
10. Our family solves problems together.
11. My family members support each other to accomplish goals.
12. My family members show that they love and care for each other.
13. My family has outside help available to us to take care of special needs of all family members.
14. Adults in our family teach the children to make good decisions.
15. My family gets medical care when needed.
16. My family has a way to take care of our expenses.
17. Adults in my family know other people in the children’s lives (friends‚ teachers‚ etc.).
18. My family is able to handle life’s ups and downs.
19. Adults in my family have time to take care of the individual needs of every child.
20. My family gets dental care when needed.
21. My family feels safe at home‚ work‚ school‚ and in our neighborhood.
22. My family member with a disability has support to accomplish goals at school or at workplace.
23. My family member with a disability has support to accomplish goals at home.
24. My family member with a disability has support to make friends.
25. My family has good relationships with the service providers who provide services and support to our family member with a disability.
Very Dissatisfied‚ Dissatisfied‚ Neither Satisfied‚ Very Satisfied
Family Interaction: items 1‚ 7‚ 10‚ 11‚ 12‚ and 18
Parenting: items 2‚ 5‚ 8‚ 14‚ 17‚ and 19
Emotional Well-being: items 3‚ 4‚ 9‚ and 13
Physical / Material Well-being: items 6‚ 15‚ 16‚ 20‚ and 21
Disability-Related Support: items 22‚ 23‚ 24‚ and 25
This instrument can be found online at:

Poston‚ D.‚ Turnbull‚ A.‚ Park‚ J.‚ Mannan‚ H.‚ Marquis‚ J.‚ & Wang‚ M. (2003). Family quality of life outcomes: A qualitative inquiry launching a long-term research program. Mental Retardation‚ 41(5)‚ 313-328.

Park‚ J.‚ Hoffman‚ L.‚ Marquis‚ J.‚ Turnbull‚ A.P.‚ Poston‚ D.‚ Mannan‚ H.‚ Wang‚ M.‚ & Nelson‚ L. (2003). Toward assessing family outcomes of service delivery: Validation of a family quality of life survey. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research‚ 47(4/5)‚ 367-384.

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.

Samuel‚ P. S.‚ Rillotta ‚F. & Brown‚ I. (2012). The development of family quality of life concepts and measures. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research‚ 56; 1–16

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