Because a single, multidimensional measure of health-related gOL (HRgOL) did not exist for children with cancer, the Pediatric Oncology guality of Life Scale (POgOLS; Goodwin, Boggs, & Graham-Pole, 1994) was developed to meet the need for systematic gOL assessment in clinical

Because the POQOLS was to be both a useful measure for research purposes and a practical tool for clinical use, several apriori decisions were made regarding the desired characteristics of the final measure including definition ofthe construct of QOL, age of children to be sampled, selection of informant, and structural characteristics of the measure. These judgments were guided by a review of the literature regarding QOL measures, with particular attention given to the existing QOL assessment devices in the adult oncology literature (Boggs et al., 1991).