Differences in New Zealand secondary school students’ reported strengths and difficulties
MetadataShow full item record
The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a behavioural screening questionnaire developed specifically for children and adolescents. This paper presents SDQ scores for a sample of 484 New Zealand secondary school students aged 13-17 and examines the relationship between SDQ score, ethnicity, age, gender, and alcohol and cannabis use. We found that only 4% of our sample of secondary school students fell within the 'abnormal' range and that difficulties, as reported via the SDQ, appeared greater amongst younger adolescents (13-15 yrs) and did not vary by ethnicity. Our results support further validation of the SDQ within a random New Zealand community sample and suggest that practitioners should be cautious when interpreting SDQ symptom scores particularly in older adolescents.
New Zealand Journal of Psychology
© 2010 New Zealand Psychological Society. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.