Original Research ARTICLE

Front. Psychiatry, 31 December 2010 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2010.00151

A population-based psychometric validation study of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire – Hebrew version

  • 1 Mental Health Services, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Schneider Medical Center for Children in Israel, Petach Tikvah, Israel
  • 3 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ziv Hospital, Zfat, Israel
  • 4 Department of Criminology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

This study presents the psychometric properties of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire – Hebrew version (SDQ-H), used in the Israel Survey on Mental Health among Adolescents (ISMEHA). The SDQ-H was administered to a representative sample of 611 adolescents and their mothers. Structural validity was evaluated by exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and the Development and Well-Being Assessment (DAWBA) inventory was used as “gold standard” to test convergent and discriminant validity. Internal consistency and normative scores were established. Agreement was found with the original factor structure, except for the Peer problem scale. Concurrent and discriminant validity varied from fair to very good for most scales. Total Difficulties scores showed better discriminant validity for the adolescents’ than the mothers’ report for internalizing disorders, and the opposite for externalizing disorders. Internal consistency for the Total Difficulties was 0.77 and for the Hyperactivity scale it was 0.73. It was lower for the other scales, particularly for the Peer problems scale. The findings suggest reasonable psychometric properties of the SDQ-H. Comparisons with other translated SDQ versions are presented.

Keywords: SDQ-Hebrew version, validity, reliability, normative scores

Citation: Mansbach-Kleinfeld I, Apter A, Farbstein I, Levine SZ and Ponizovsky AM (2010) A population-based psychometric validation study of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire – Hebrew version. Front. Psychiatry 1:151. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2010.00151

Received: 14 June 2010; Accepted: 09 December 2010;
Published online: 31 December 2010.

Edited by:

William Copeland, Duke University, USA

Reviewed by:

Lilly Shanahan, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
William Copeland, Duke University, USA

Copyright: © 2010 Mansbach-Kleinfeld, Apter, Farbstein, Levine and Ponizovsky. This is an open-access article subject to an exclusive license agreement between the authors and the Frontiers Research Foundation, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited.

*Correspondence: Alan Apter, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel. e-mail: asapter@gmail.com