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Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ), Child version
Please visit this website for more information about the instrument: Duke University Developmental Epidemiology Program
Supplemental: Sport-Related Concussion (SRC) Acute (time of injury until 72 hours) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Exploratory: Sport-Related Concussion (SRC) Subacute (after 72 hours to 3 months) and Persistent/Chronic (3 months and greater post concussion)
Short Description of Instrument
The Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ) uses child and parent forms to assess and screen for symptoms of depressive disorders. The SMFQ is 13 items and asks about the child/ adolescent's feelings and actions over the past two weeks. The SMFQ is appropriate for children ages 6-17.
The SMFQ takes under 5 minutes to administer with forms for child and parent.
Sport-Related Concussion Specific:
Advantages: Has a research base with psychiatric disorders; adequate psychometrics.
Limitations: No research with TBI, mild TBI or sport concussion
Thirteen items are rated on a 3-point scale (0-2) for a total possible score of 26. Scores above 8 indicate possible depression.
Angold, A., Costello, E., Messer, S., Pickles, A., Winder, F., and Silver, D. (1995). Development of a short questionnaire for use in epidemiological studies of depression in children and adolescents. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res 5, 237-249.
Costello, E., and Angold, A. (1988). Scales to assess child and adolescent depression: Checklists, screens and nets. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 27, 726-737.


Document last updated March 2018