Evidence-based assessment/Instruments/Mood and Feelings Questionnaire
The Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) is a suite of six versions of questionnaire meant to measure depression in children and adolescents ages 6-18 (self or parent report) as well as a version for adults to report about their own mood. The questionnaire was created by researchers at Duke University as part of the Great Smokey Mountain epidemiological project in Western North Carolina. The MFQ can be used both as an assessment measure to detect possible cases and as a follow-up assessment measure. It takes 5-10 minutes to administer and is used by clinicians in community samples of ages 6-18. The short forms have 13 items, and the full length have 33 items, which are scored 0 to 2 points each. Higher scores indicate more depression.
Steps for evaluating reliability and validity
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Instrument rubric table: Reliability
Note: Not all of the different types of reliability apply to the way that questionnaires are typically used. Internal consistency (whether all of the items measure the same construct) is not usually reported in studies of questionnaires; nor is inter-rater reliability (which would measure how similar peoples' responses were if the interviews were repeated again, or different raters listened to the same interview). Therefore, make adjustments as needed.
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Not all of the different types of reliability apply to the way that questionnaires are typically used. Internal consistency (whether all of the items measure the same construct) is not usually reported in studies of questionnaires; nor is inter-rater reliability (which would measure how similar peoples' responses were if the interviews were repeated again, or different raters listened to the same interview). Therefore, make adjustments as needed.
Reliability refers to whether the scores are reproducible. Unless otherwise specified, the reliability scores and values come from studies done with a United States population sample. Here is the rubric for evaluating the reliability of scores on a measure for the purpose of evidence based assessment.
Instrument rubric table: Validity
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Validity describes the evidence that an assessment tool measures what it was supposed to measure. There are many different ways of checking validity. For screening measures, diagnostic accuracy and w:discriminative validity are probably the most useful ways of looking at validity. Unless otherwise specified, the validity scores and values come from studies done with a United States population sample. Here is a rubric for describing validity of test scores in the context of evidence-based assessment.
Development and history
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- What was the impact of this assessment? How did it affect assessment in psychiatry, psychology and health care professionals?
- What can the assessment be used for in clinical settings? Can it be used to measure symptoms longitudinally? Developmentally?
Use in other populations
- How widely has it been used? Has it been translated into different languages? Which languages?
Scoring instructions and syntax
We have syntax in three major languages: R, SPSS, and SAS. All variable names are the same across all three, and all match the CSV shell that we provide as well as the Qualtrics export.
Hand scoring and general instructions
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CSV shell for sharing
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Here is a shell data file that you could use in your own research. The variable names in the shell corresponds with the scoring code in the code for all three statistical programs.
Note that our CSV includes several demographic variables, which follow current conventions in most developmental and clinical psychology journals. You may want to modify them, depending on where you are working. Also pay attention to the possibility of "deductive identification" -- if we ask personal information in enough detail, then it may be possible to figure out the identity of a participant based on a combination of variables.
When different research projects and groups use the same variable names and syntax, it makes it easier to share the data and work together on integrative data analyses or "mega" analyses (which are different and better than meta-analysis in that they are combining the raw data, versus working with summary descriptive statistics).
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R code goes here
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SPSS code goes here
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SAS code goes here
Here, it would be good to link to any related articles on Wikipedia. For instance:
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: 7 Up 7 Down Online Screener
- Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
- EffectiveChildTherapy.Org information on sadness, hopelessness, and depression
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