ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Commun Sci Disord. 2011;16(3): 388-396.
The Quality of Communication Life Scale-Korean Version
Hye-Yoon Choi` , Yong-Wook Kim` , Dong-Wook Rha` , and HyangHee Kim`
Copyright ©2011 The Korean Academy of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
최혜윤(Hye-Yoon Choi)| 김용욱(Yong-Wook Kim)| 나동욱(Dong-Wook Rha)| 김향희(HyangHee Kim)
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ABSTRACT

Background & Objectives
Communication skills are required for interacting with others and for psychosocially adapting to society. Therefore, the Quality of Communication Life Scale (QCL) was adapted from the English version and was implemented on adolescents with hearing impairment and normal hearing in order to verify its validity and reliability.
Methods
In the study, 90 adolescents with hearing impairment in the ages between 13 and 18 who were enrolled in a school for the deaf or who were recieving speech therapy were assessed wirh the QCL and the PedsQL. Some of the adolescents were also receiving speech therapy. An additional 180 subjects with normal hearing within the same age range and similar gender factors were also assessed as a control group. The outcomes of the QCL and the PedsQL were compared between the two groups, and test-retest reliability, content validity, face validity, concurrent validity, and interconstruct validity were measured.
Results
There were significant differences between the two groups in quality of communication life. Further, the QCL explained high inter-relations for each question and high test-retest reliability. The test was also determined to be a highly valid assessment tool for measuring quality of communication life. Discussion & Conclusions: This study is significant in that it illustrates the validity of adapting the QCL into a Korean version. Future research should be directed at applying the Korean version to various communication disorders and age groups.
Keywords: 의사소통 관련 삶의 질 | 청각장애 청소년 | 타당도 | 신뢰도 | Quality of Communication Life (QCL) | Adolescents with hearing impairment | Validity
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