Do parents, teachers and children use the SDQ in a similar fashion?

Stokes, Mark, Mellor, David, Yeow, James and Noor, Hapidzal FM 2014, Do parents, teachers and children use the SDQ in a similar fashion?, Quality and Quantity, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 983-1000, doi: 10.1007/s11135-012-9819-8.

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Title Do parents, teachers and children use the SDQ in a similar fashion?
Author(s) Stokes, MarkORCID iD for Stokes, Mark
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Yeow, James
Noor, Hapidzal FM
Journal name Quality and Quantity
Volume number 48
Issue number 2
Start page 983
End page 1000
Total pages 18
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0033-5177
Keyword(s) SDQ
Tau equivalence
Summary Few studies have investigated whether parents’, teachers’ and children’s responses to the strengths and difficulties questionnaire (SDQ) have equivalence. In this study, data from 854 matched questionnaires collected in Malaysia were subjected to tau equivalence confirmatory factor analysis, to assess if all three groups responded to the same target (the child) similarly. We first fitted Goodman’s (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 38, 581–586, (1997a); Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 40, 791–801, 1997b) five factor model, but found that this did not fit the model despite attempts to improve and rectify model fit. We thereafter attempted to fit Dickey and Blumberg (Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 1159–1167, 2004) three factor model, but similarly found a lack of fit. We then undertook an exploratory model with a random half of the data, obtaining a three factor solution, and tested this in a confirmatory tau equivalence model. The Unconstrained Model provided a fit to the data, revealing a similar structure across the three informant groups. As this fit was for the Unconstrained Model, it reveals that groups differ in the value they place on each of the variables but overall that held a similar underlying factor structure. The findings are discussed in relation to the possible cultural issues involved and the use of the SDQ.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11135-012-9819-8
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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