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Assessing the readability of the self-reported Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

  • Praveetha Patalay (a1), Daniel Hayes (a2) and Miranda Wolpert (a3)
Abstract

The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is one of the most widely used measures in child and adolescent mental health in clinical practice, community-based screening and research. Assessing the readability of such questionnaires is important as young people may not comprehend items above their reading ability when self-reporting. Analyses of readability in the present study indicate that the self-report SDQ might not be suitable for young people with a reading age below 13–14 years and highlight differences in readability between subscales. The findings suggest a need for caution in using the SDQ as a self-report measure for children below the age of 13, and highlight considerations of readability in measure development, selection and interpretation.

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Correspondence: Praveetha Patalay, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool, L69 7ZA, UK. Email: ppatalay@liverpool.ac.uk
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Assessing the readability of the self-reported Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

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