Measurement of individualised quality of life amongst young people with indicated personality disorder during emerging adulthood using the SEIQoL-DW

Qual Life Res. 2013 May;22(4):829-38. doi: 10.1007/s11136-012-0210-y. Epub 2012 Jun 4.


Purpose: To examine both the feasibility of applying the Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life-Direct Weighting procedure (SEIQoL-DW) as a routine outcome measure within an early intervention service for young people with indicated personality disorder and the overall quality of life (QoL) in this population.

Methods: SEIQoL-DW was administered alongside the Standardised Assessment of Personality-Abbreviated Scale-Self-Report (SAPAS-SR), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), Generalised Anxiety Disorder Scale (GAD-7) and the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-Primary Care (PTSD-PC) as part of routine service evaluation over a 16-month period. Descriptive statistics were calculated for data reflecting use of the SEIQoL-DW alongside demographic and outcome variables.

Results: The SEIQoL-DW was administered to 52 young adults with indicated personality disorder, with 47 completing the measure, taking an average time of 27 min. Individual QoL was poor with a mean global index score of 55.07 (SD = 22.34). Individual QoL areas formed five main domains-'Aspects of Daily Living', 'Relationships', 'Social Life and Leisure', 'Family' and 'Emotional and Physical Wellbeing'.

Conclusion: This study further extends the application of the SEIQoL-DW for use as a routine outcome measure within a busy service setting, although ways to accommodate administration time need to be considered. Poor QoL highlights the need for continued development of services to meet the needs of young adults with indicated personality disorder.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • England
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Personality Disorders / psychology*
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Self Report
  • Sickness Impact Profile*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Young Adult