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

The SMFQ tool has been reviewed and assessed by the Socialsuite team. In our opinion this tool is suitable in supporting the evaluation of children to assist in the measurement of depression symptoms.

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.