Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a brief questionnaire of behaviour, social and emotional development. The goal of the SDQ is to highlight areas of possible concern. Parents and teachers of all children age 4 years and older who are participants in the LOCHI study are asked to complete the SDQ.
Completion of the questionnaire should take a few minutes only. It is best to complete the form as candidly as possible to give us an indication of the child’s development. If you are unsure of which response to select choose the answer that best describes the child situation.
Be assured that all response forms will be treated confidentially. Parents and teachers can obtain feedback and copies of their own completed questionnaires through NAL research staff.
There are three parts to the SDQ and the LOCHI study is using the ‘psychological attributes’ part. This consists of 25 statements that are comments on a child’s attributes. Some are positive and some are negative. There are three possible answers for every attribute – ‘not true’, ‘somewhat true’ and ‘certainly true’. The 25 items form 5 scales.
Peer relationship problems
For more information about the SDQ visit wsww.sdqinfo.com
The Measurement Model for the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory is used to assess levels of physical, emotional, social and school functioning. Scores are broken down into a Total Scale Score, a Physical Health Summary Score and a Psychosocial Health Summary Score.
The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) is a questionnaire we use to obtain information on a child’s health related quality of life and school functioning at different ages. The questionnaire is completed by the child’s caregiver. We also ask your child to complete a questionnaire when he or she is 9 yrs of age.
There are four sections in the PedsQL including physical functioning, emotional functioning, social functioning and school functioning. These sections then allow for three different scores to be produced: a Total Scale Score, a Physical Health Summary Score and a Psychosocial Health Summary Score. The PedsQL only takes a few minutes to complete and all responses are treated with the upmost confidentiality.
Collecting information on health related quality of life and school functioning allows us to better understand the impact that hearing loss can have on the overall functioning of children with hearing loss growing up in Australia.