Furthering the use of the strengths and difficulties questionnaire: reliability with younger child respondents

Mellor, David 2004, Furthering the use of the strengths and difficulties questionnaire: reliability with younger child respondents, Psychological assessment, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 396-401.

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Title Furthering the use of the strengths and difficulties questionnaire: reliability with younger child respondents
Author(s) Mellor, David
Journal name Psychological assessment
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 396
End page 401
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2004-12
ISSN 1040-3590
1939-134X
Summary A sample of 917 children, aged 7 to 17 years, their parents, and their teachers each completed the appropriate version of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), and 120 from each group did so again 2 weeks later. The results indicate that the SDQ demonstrates sound interinformant and test-retest reliability. Younger children, whose self-reports have not been assessed in previous studies, were reliable in their responding, although not as reliable as older children by these measures. However, the internal reliability of the various subscales, in particular, the peer problems subscale, is questionable for both older and younger child respondents. Overall the findings suggest that the SDQ's use may be extended cautiously to include self-report from younger children.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, American Psychological Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002630

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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