Various screening questionnaires have been established to identify psychopathology in children and adolescents. Some of these instruments include the pediatric symptom checklist (PSC), the pediatric symptom checklist (CBCL) and reporting questionnaire for children (RQC). However, many of the patients and their families may not speak English, and this can be a barrier to identifying and properly treating monolingual Spanish-speaking patients and families. There is a need for optimal mental health screening in Spanish speaking populations given the continued growth of the United States as a diverse country with complex demographic structure. Because of the diversity within the use of Spanish in Hispanic countries of origin, the aim of this study is to present unified Spanish versions of the RQC and PSC achieved through simultaneously and independently translating them into three versions of Spanish (RQC-SP and PSC-SP). To test the psychiatric validity of RQC-SP and PSC-SP, these both were administered simultaneously along with the Spanish version of the CBCL, which had already been well established. All three of these tools were given to Spanish speaking parents of pediatric outpatients (n = 22) while waiting for their clinic appointments. The RQC-SP had a correlation to the CBCL with R = 0.779 and p < 0.001. The RQC-SP as compared with the CBCL had a false negative of 0/8 (0.00) with a sensitivity of 8/8 = 1.00. The false positives were 2/14 (0.143) and specificity 12/15 (0.85). The PSC-SP correlated with the CBCL with R = 0.897 and p < 0.001. The PSC-SP correlation with the CBCL had false negative of 7/8 (0.875) and sensitivity of 1/8 (0.125) and false positive 0/14 (0.00) and specificity 14/14 (1.00). The RQC-SP and PSC-SP are brief, well-validated, reliable instruments designed.
Psychiatric Quarterly – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 26, 2015
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