Psychosocial Functioning

Pediatric Symptom Checklist 17

The Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) is a brief screening questionnaire used by pediatricians and other health professionals to recognize psychosocial problems and improve treatment in children. It is a brief questionnaire that helps identify and assess changes in emotional and behavioral problems in children. The PSC covers a broad range of emotional and behavioral problems and is meant to provide an assessment of psychosocial functioning.

Total number of questions


Administration method


Standardized cadence

Every week

Age range

Age 6-13 = parent report, age 14-17 = self-report



Scoring and interpretation

Reliability and validity

Test/retest reliability of the PSC ranges from r = .84 - .91. Over time, case/not case classification ranges from 83%-87% and kappa = .84 (Jellinek et al. 1988; Murphy et al. 1992). Studies (Murphy & Jellinek 1988; Murphy et al. 1996) indicate strong internal consistency of the PSC items (Cronbach alpha = .91) and highly significant (p < 0.001) correlations between individual PSC items and positive PSC screening scores.

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