Differences in New Zealand secondary school students’ reported strengths and difficulties

Black, Stella, Pulford, Justin, Christie, Grant and Wheeler, Amanda (2010) Differences in New Zealand secondary school students’ reported strengths and difficulties. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 39 3: 19-23.


Author Black, Stella
Pulford, Justin
Christie, Grant
Wheeler, Amanda
Title Differences in New Zealand secondary school students’ reported strengths and difficulties
Journal name New Zealand Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0112-109X
1179-7924
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 19
End page 23
Total pages 5
Place of publication Wellington, New Zealand
Publisher New Zealand Psychological Society
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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