SDQ: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

This measure has been identified as a commonly used measure within the LifeCourse cohorts. These measures were identified to encourage potential opportunities for data harmonisation. The descriptions provided are intended to give cohort custodians and data users some common criteria to assess a survey for appropriateness to use in their own studies. It is not intended to mandate the use of any measure, or provide a comprehensive understanding of these measures.

This information was collated by the LifeCourse team from scoring manuals and documentation, publications, and official measure websites. To read about this process in more detail, access our report.

Measure No. of cohorts using measure Cost and accessibility Time to complete Key reference/s and measure information Reference frame Constructs assessed by measure Age range
SDQ: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire 17
  • Paper version - free to use
  • Electronic version - cost per use
  • MCRI has a site-wide license, so no authorisation fee is required for electronic versions
  • This measure has been pre-programmed into REDCap. MCRI researchers can find out more here.

5-10 minutes

Last six months, or this school year

  • Conduct disorder
  • Emotional problems
  • Hyperactive behaviour
  • Psychosocial functioning
  • Peer relationship
  • Prosocial behaviour
  • Psychosocial functioning
  • Parent or teacher report (2-17 years)
  • Self-report (11-17 years)

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