Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ) – Child Version Popular
The Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ-short), child version, is an 13 item subscale from a longer 33-item questionnaire (the original MFQ). The questions asked on the survey are based on the DSM-III criteria for depression; however the screening tool and rating scale should not be used as a measure to diagnose. This instrument should be used an indicator of depressive symptoms and not as a diagnostic tool and therefore does not indicate whether a child or adolescent has a particular disorder. Diagnoses of mental disorder should only be made by a trained clinician after a thorough evaluation.
The child must rate whether the provided phrase is indicative of their feelings and actions (“Not True”, “Sometimes”, or “True”) over the timeframe of the previous two weeks.
This instrument has a companion, parent/caregiver-report version, which consists of items assessing the same symptoms.