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Mood and Feelings Questionnaire- (MFQ, SMFQ-short form)

The MFQ is a 32-item questionnaire based on DSM-III-R criteria for depression. Additional items (e.g. loneliness, feeling unloved) were included due to their clinical significance to the construct. An 11 item subscale, based on the discriminating ability between the depressed and nondepressed, was developed as a short form alternative (SMFQ). Each item is to be rated on a 3 point scale: "true", "sometimes true", and "not true" with respect to the events of the past two weeks. Both parent- and child-report forms are available.

Depression, child, adolescent, screening
John Seeley
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Citation and Copyright

Angold, A., Costello, E., Pickles, A., Winder, F., & Silver, D.
(1987). The development of a questionnaire for use in epidemiological
studies of depression in children and adolescents.
Unpublished manuscript.

Angold, A., Costello, E.J., Messer, S.C., & Pickles, A. (1995). Development of a short questionnaire for use in epidemiological studies of depression in children and adolescents. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 5, 237–249.

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Adrian Angold, MRCPsych

Instrument

To obtain the instrument go to: http://devepi.mc.duke.edu/MFQ.html and complete the request form. The MFQ is free to download.

Assessment Modality

Recommended cutpoints: Long form: (child) > 8; (adolescent) > 11.

Respondent

Self-report and parent-report versions are available.

Instrument Details

Children and adolescents ages 8-18.
Long form-32. Short form-11.

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Manual

Psychometric Properties

Psychometrics for Mood and Feelings Questionnaire- (MFQ, SMFQ-short form) - John Seeley
Psychometrics for Mood and Feelings Questionnaire- (MFQ, SMFQ-short form) - John Seeley