The strength and difficulties questionnaire: Predictive validity of parent and teacher ratings for help-seeking behaviour over one year

Carla Sharp, Tim J. Croudace, Ian M. Goodyer, Dagmar Amtmann

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Abstract

Latent growth modelling was applied to investigate the predictive validity of the subscale and total difficulties scores from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Prospective data were collected on a community sample of n = 659 children (aged 7 to 11 years) over a one-year period. Outcomes at one year after baseline were defined in terms of parental help-seeking behaviour and worry. Teacher-reported SDQ summary scores were more predictive of help-seeking behaviour from both the general practitioner and the school than parent-reported SDQ scores. Changes (increases) in SDQ scores proved more useful in predicting help-seeking than initial scores. Gender, age and socioeconomic status were not related to help-seeking behaviour, but the parents of children with higher IQ scores were more likely to seek help. The usefulness of the SDQ to predict help-seeking behaviour for emotional-behaviour difficulties in community settings and its implications for service-use issues in the UK context are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-44
Number of pages17
JournalEducational and Child Psychology
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

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