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.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Educational and Child Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2005|