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

17

Administration method

Self-report

Standardized cadence

Every week

Age range

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

Language

English

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.

Additional information

Start delivering measurement-based mental health care

Automatically gather client data, measure client outcomes, and get insights at the point of care to make more informed treatment decisions.

Request a Demo
Blueprint digital platform preview