The Bifactor Model of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

Kóbor, Andrea and Takács, Ádám and Urbán, Róbert (2013) The Bifactor Model of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 29 (4). pp. 299-307. ISSN 1015-5759

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The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a frequently used instrument developed for screening childhood mental health problems. The aim of this study is to clarify the structure of the Hungarian version of SDQ, to test previous measurement models, and to propose an alternative bifactor model. Data were collected from a community sample of 8–13-year-old children. We conducted a series of confirmatory factor analyses on parent (n = 383) and teacher ratings (n = 391). The classic five-factor, an alternative three-factor, and a bifactor model were estimated. In the bifactor model, specific components refer to the five SDQ-traits, and the General Problems factor refers to an impression about the problem severity of the child. For both informants, the bifactor model yielded the best fit to the data compared to other models. Childhood behavioral problems can be best described as a multidimensional construct, which has implications regarding the screening procedure in various samples.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article does not exactly replicate the final version published in the journal "European Journal of Psychological Assessment". It is not a copy of the original published article and is not suitable for citation.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan > BF05 Child psychology / gyermeklélektan
Depositing User: Andrea Kóbor
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2013 18:34
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2014 00:15

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