Seattle Personality Questionnaire

Abstract: The Seattle Personality Questionnaire is a 44-item measure completed by the target child. This measure is designed to determine three dimensions of symptomatology (anxiety, conduct problems, and somatization), depression, school dislike, and a lie scale. The symptomatology and lie items were based on the Seattle Personality Questionnaire for Young School-Aged Children, which is a 50-item self-report personality questionnaire for children ages 6 through 10 (Kusche, Greenberg, and Beilke, 1988). The school dislike items were borrowed from two scales: School Loneliness (Asher, Hymel, & Renshaw, 1984, Asher & Wheeler, 1985) and School Sentiment (Ladd, 1990). Responses for all of the items are on a scale of 0 to 2, with 0=no, 1=yes, and 2=don't know/no response. There are eight subscales for this measure: Anxiety, Conduct Problems, Somatization, Depression, Lying, School Dislike, School Loneliness, and School Sentiment. All of these subscales are based on factor analysis or theoretically derived. Analysts should note that four of the scales were fairly normally distributed for both the control and the normative samples: Anxiety, Somatization, Depression, and Lying. Four scales were positively skewed for both samples: Conduct Problems, School Dislike, School Loneliness, and School Sentiment. In addition, the School Loneliness scale showed a slight positive kurtosis for both the control and the normative samples. 94% of the responses for both samples were between 0.0 and 2.0 (with 5.0 being the highest possible score for this scale).

Who Completed this Measure?: select one

Cohort 1 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 2 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 3 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Technical Reports:

Raw Dataset Name: CyC

Scored Dataset Name: SPQySCc

Affective Behavior, Emotional Response, Psychosomatic, Self Esteem

Is this Measure Available for Public Use?: Yes

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Measure Items and Scales:

COHORT Cohort Number
TCID Child's Identification Number
C3CSP1 Talk a Lot in Class
C3CSP2 Feel Afraid a Lot
C3CSP3 Worry What Other Children Say
C3CSP4 Afraid to Try New Things
C3CSP5 Hard to Make Friends at School
C3CSP6 Lot of Aches and Pains
C3CSP7 Think School is Fun
C3CSP8 Worry Others May Not Like You
C3CSP9 Like Everyone You Know
C3CSP10 Have Kids to Play with at School
C3CSP11 Take Things and Keep Them
C3CSP12 Hard to Ask Join Game
C3CSP13 Lot of Scary Dreams or Nightmares
C3CSP14 Lot of Headaches
C3CSP15 Kids at School Like You
C3CSP16 Always Good
C3CSP17 Like Your Teacher
C3CSP18 Lot of Tummy Aches
C3CSP19 Lot of Fights
C3CSP20 Lonely at School
C3CSP21 Ever Feel Mad
C3CSP22 Teacher Gets Mad Too Much
C3CSP23 Hard for You to Listen
C3CSP24 Nice Things Happen at School
C3CSP25 Tell a Lot of Lies
C3CSP26 Feel Like Throwing Up
C3CSP27 Argue a Lot with Other People
C3CSP28 Unhappy at School
C3CSP29 Worry What Others Think of You
C3CSP30 Tease or Make Fun of Other Kids
C3CSP31 Wish You Could Stay Home from School
C3CSP32 Worry about Being Teased
C3CSP33 Break Things on Purpose
C3CSP34 Feel Unhappy a Lot
C3CSP35 Feel Like Crying a Lot
C3CSP36 Feel Upset about Things
C3CSP37 Have Trouble Paying Attention
C3CSP38 Feel You Do Things Wrong a Lot
C3CSP39 Feel That Most Things Not Fun
C3CSP40 Feel Sorry for Yourself
C3CSP41 Have Trouble Falling/Staying Asleep
C3CSP42 Feel Tired a Lot
C3CSP43 Often Feel Like Not Eating
C3CSP44 Want to be by Yourself a Lot
SITE Study Site
SPQ3CON SPI Conduct Problems
SPQ3SOM SPI Somatization
SPQ3DEP SPI Depression
SPQ3SCD SPI Sch. Dislike (Lonely+Sentiment)
SPQ3SCL SPI School Loneliness
SPQ3SCS SPI School Sentiment