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ERIC Number: EJ1227550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2168-3603
The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) Self-Report: Factor Structure of the Self-Report Form in Latinx Youth
Twyford, Jennifer M.; Buckley, Lara; Moffa, Kathryn; Dowdy, Erin
International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, v7 n3 p187-200 2019
The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) self-report form is a brief 25-item measure that assesses the psychological adjustment of youth. Although widely utilized as a screening tool, a lack of consistent psychometric evidence undermines the SDQ's utility as a sound diagnostic tool for all youth. This study focused on examining the psychometric evidence for the use of the SDQ with Latinx youth, the fastest-growing minority population in the United States and one of the most underserved. Three competing models were tested with a confirmatory factor approach in a sample of 771 sixth-grade English-speaking Latinx youth. Model fit was unsatisfactory in all three models, therefore an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was conducted on an additional sample of Latinx youth, N = 422. EFA results suggested a two-factor model. Overall, results suggest that there is not yet adequate psychometric evidence for use of the SDQ self-report with Latinx youth. Future directions for research and implications for practice are highlighted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire