Sunday, 15 May 2022

Pediatric Symptom Checklist and Pediatric Symptom Checklist-Youth Report (PSC & Y-PSC)

Pediatric Symptom Checklist and Pediatric Symptom Checklist-Youth Report (PSC & Y-PSC)

(Jellinek et al.1988).

The PSC/Y-PSC is a 35-item parent- and a self-report measure designed to screen for youth showing problems in general psychosocial functioning. This PSC and Y-PSC can be used as screening tools (MassHealth, 2013), and to monitor symptom changes over time (Murphy et al., 2012). The PSC parent-report can be by parents of youth ages 4-16, while the Y-PSC self-report can be used by youth ages 11-18 (MassHealth, 2013). The measure consists of three subscales: Attention Problems, Internalizing Problems and Externalizing Problems. Sample items include “Feels he or she is bad,” “Acts younger than children his or her age,” and “Distracted easily.” Each item is rated on a 3-point scale from zero (“Never”) to two (“Often”).  For youths ages 6-18, the cutoff score is 28 whereas, in youths aged three to five, the cutoff score is 24. The PSC demonstrates the specificity of .68 and sensitivity of .95 (Jellinek et al., 1988). 

The measure demonstrates adequate test-retest reliability over a period of four weeks (r = .84-91) and excellent internal consistency (α =.91; Murphy & Jellinek, 1988). Both measures are available online.

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