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Is the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire with a Trauma Supplement a Valuable Tool in Screening Refugee Children for Mental Health Problems?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Social medicine/CHAP.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9879-941x
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Social medicine/CHAP.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Social medicine/CHAP.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Social medicine/CHAP.
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2019 (English)In: The Journal of Refugee Studies, ISSN 0951-6328, E-ISSN 1471-6925, Vol. 32, no Special issue 1, p. 122-140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The high number of asylum seekers in Sweden has highlighted the need to develop and evaluate structured assessment tools for children. In this study, we aimed to explore the utility of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) with a trauma supplement of six items for preschool children in routine care. Parents of two- to six-year-olds (N = 61) were asked to complete the questionnaire during the routine health check-up offered to all refugees upon their arrival to Sweden. Focus-group interviews were conducted with the nurses who used the SDQ. The nurses found the SDQ valuable once they established a routine and felt that the SDQ contributed to a more structured and informative conversation about the child’s mental health. The SDQ total difficulties showed good internal consistency (alpha = 0.82). A significant proportion of children scored above the clinical cut-off and SDQ scores correlated significantly with the number of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms measured using the supplement (rho = 0.29). The findings suggest that the SDQ with the trauma supplement is a useful tool in this clinical setting.

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2019. Vol. 32, no Special issue 1, p. 122-140
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-401420DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fey073ISI: 000510400200010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-401420DiVA, id: diva2:1383366
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Swedish Association of Local Authorities and RegionsAvailable from: 2020-01-07 Created: 2020-01-07 Last updated: 2020-03-11Bibliographically approved

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