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Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire in a Community Sample of French-Speaking Adolescents

Published inEuropean Journal of Psychological Assessment, vol. 24, no. 1, p. 1-8
Publication date2008
Abstract

The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) assesses adaptive and problematic behavior in children and adolescents (Goodman, 1997). The aim of this study was to test the construct validity of a French translation of the scale. Teachers completed the SDQ for their pupils (279 girls and 278 boys, 13–18 years). Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) of the SDQ supported the original distinction between Conduct problems, Hyperactivity/Inattention, Peer problems, Emotional symptoms, and Prosocial behavior. Multigroup CFA revealed invariance of factor measurement across gender. In addition, boys had higher factor scores for Conduct problems, Hyperactivity/Inattention, and Peer problems whereas girls were more Prosocial. The internal reliability of the subscales ranges from acceptable to very good. These results indicate that the French version of the SDQ has a reliable factor organization among adolescent boys and girls.

Keywords
  • Adolescence
  • Behavior assessment
  • Scale validation
  • Construct validity
  • Measurement invariance
  • Confirmatory factor analysis
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D’ACREMONT, Mathijs, VAN DER LINDEN, Martial. Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire in a Community Sample of French-Speaking Adolescents. In: European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 2008, vol. 24, n° 1, p. 1–8. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759.24.1.1
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