ChildrenEarly ChildhoodHealth ServicesMental DisordersParentingRelationshipsSupport ServicesToolsShort Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ) – Parent Version

Author(s): Angold, A., Costello, E. J., Messer, S. C., Pickles, A., Winder, F., & Silver, D.

Collection Method: Self-Report Questionnaire completed by parents

Scoring Method: Uses a scale with ratings 0-2; (0) True; (1) Sometimes; (2) Not True. The higher the score, the higher the likelihood the child is suffering from depression.

Number of questions: 13

Price: Free

Key Points:

  • The tool measures the mood and feelings of children, as reported by their parent, based on DSM-III criteria for depression
  • The questionnaire was adapted from a longer Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ)
  • Suitable for programs offering mental health services to children

This tool was created by a group of researchers from Duke University’s Center for Developmental Epidemiology and is typically free to use for not-for-profit organizations.