Validation of a New International Quality-of-Life Instrument Specific to Cosmetics and Physical Appearance BeautyQol Questionnaire

Validation of a New International Quality-of-Life Instrument Specific to Cosmetics and Physical Appearance BeautyQol Questionnaire

Author Beresniak, Ariel Google Scholar
Linares, Yolaine de Google Scholar
Krueger, Gerald G. Google Scholar
Talarico, Sergio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Tsutani, Kiichiro Google Scholar
Duru, Gerard Google Scholar
Berger, Genevieve Google Scholar
Institution Data Min Int
Paris Descartes Univ
LOreal Res
Univ Utah
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Tokyo
Univ Lyon 1
Pierre Marie Curie Univ
Abstract Objective: To develop a new quality-of-life (QoL) instrument with international validity that specifically assesses cosmetic products and physical appearance.Design: In the first phase, semidirected interviews involved 309 subjects. In the second stage, an acceptability study was performed on 874 subjects. Thereafter, we recruited a total of 3231 subjects, each of whom completed the BeautyQoL questionnaire, a clinical checklist for the skin, the generic QoL 36-Item Short Form Health Survey, and a sociodemographic questionnaire. A retest was performed 8 days later on a subgroup of 652 subjects.Setting: Populations in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Russia, the United States, Brazil, Japan, India, China, and South Africa, representing 16 languages.Participants: The general adult healthy population, including women and men.Main Outcome Measures: Psychometric properties, construct validity, reproducibility, and internal and external consistency.Results: General acceptability was very good in the 16 languages, with a very low rate of no answers. The validation phase reduced the questionnaire to 42 questions structured in the following 5 dimensions that explained 76.7% of the total variance: social life, self-confidence, mood, energy, and attractiveness. Internal consistency was high (Cronbach alpha coefficients, 0.93-0.98). Reproducibility at 8 days was satisfactory in all dimensions. Results of external validity testing revealed that BeautyQoL scores correlated significantly with all 36-Item Short Form Health Survey scores except for physical function.Conclusion: These results demonstrate the validity and reliability of the BeautyQoL questionnaire as the very first international instrument specific to cosmetic products and physical appearance. Arch Dermatol. 2012; 148(11):1275-1282
Language English
Sponsor L'Oreal Research
Date 2012-11-01
Published in Archives Of Dermatology. Chicago: Amer Medical Assoc, v. 148, n. 11, p. 1275-1282, 2012.
ISSN 0003-987X (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Amer Medical Assoc
Extent 1275-1282
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000311365700009

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