The Strenghts and Difficulties Assessment to Measure Mental Health Difficulties in Children

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I have chosen the Strengths and difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). The SDQ is completed at the start and end of each case that is referred to the service I work for. I have changed all names and omitted addresses for anonymity and patient confidentiality in accordance with the nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Conduct (NMC, 2004). I have chosen to follow the personal text (Webb C 1992) for this assignment. The model of reflection I have chosen to use is Gibbs, often used within my clinical supervision. The service I work for is a government initiative. A three-year pathfinder programme aimed at supporting the development of innovative models of therapeutic and holistic mental health support in schools for children/adolescents and…show more content…
Other points that validate its use are the SDQ was one of the key measures that was agreed, scores can generated to give a Childs- emotional symptom, conduct problems, hyperactivity, difficulties in peer’s relationships. It also gives levels of prosocial behaviour, widely used across the world in a range of (50+) languages, well standardised, quick to complete, acceptable in range of settings and found to be sensitive for use of children with learning disabilities and there was evidence of its reliability. All of the reasons named above will help me to explain more information about the SDQ and validate how effective it is using CORC my reference point. Questionnaires are used in a wide range of settings to gather information about opinions and behaviour of people. The Griffith report 1983 (working with patients) found that the questionnaires were based on providers rather than patients , they collated information that could be ambiguous and misleading. This is true when used as an exit tool, in TaMHS as it is completed either via the post or on the final session there appears to be more emphasis that scores have changed due to interventions enabling measures on the validity of the service. I feel school staff are happy referrals are accepted and due to the lack of discussion at the initial SDQ the exit SDQ tends to be less important to complete. The SDQ does not gather ambiguous information, it is the way it is used within my service that

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