Quality of Life Inventory

Author: Michael Frisch, Baylor University


The QOLI assesses an individual's quality of life through self-report of the importance they attach to each of 16 life domains (on a 3-point rating scale) as well as their current satisfaction with each domain (on a 6-point rating scale). Importance scores are multiplied by satisfaction scores for each domain, and then these scores are summed to determine an overall current quality of life for each individual. This measure is very quick to complete, and has been normed in a community sample of adults. It has also been used to track changes in individuals over the course of therapy. Higher scores indicate a higher overall quality of life.

  1. Frisch, M.B. (1992). Use of the Quality of Life Inventory in problem assessment and treatment planning for cognitive therapy of depression. In A. Freeman & F.M. Dattilio (Eds). Comprehensive Casebook of Cognitive Therapy (pp. 27-52). New York: Plenum.
  2. Frisch, M.B., Cornell, J., Villanueva, M., & Retzlaff, P.J. (1992). Clinical validation of the Quality of Life Inventory: A measure of life satisfaction for use in treatment planning and outcome assessment. Psychological Assessment: A Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 4, 92-101.

Michael Frisch: Michael_Frisch@baylor.edu