The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
(SDQ’s) is a brief emotional and behavioural screening questionnaire for Young people and parents/carers. This standardised tool helps to identify how Young people and parents/guardians view their difficulties and measure improvements over time. The five Strengths and Difficulties measured are; Pro-social Behaviours, Conduct Problems, Hyperactivity,Emotional Symptoms and Peer Problems. The questionnaire is completed by Young people and parents at the beginning of the programme, at the mid-way point and on completion at 6 months.
We continuously gather SDQs and analyse the scores at interim periods throughout the year. At the end of 2019, the analysis showed that there was a decrease in young people’s scores across the four difficulties themes from the beginning of the YAP programme to the end of the programme. In addition, there is an increase in prosocial strengths scores at the end. The young people are scoring themselves as experiencing less difficulties in their lives by the end of the YAP programmes as compared to when they started on the YAP programme.
Similar trends are found in the questionnaires gathered from parents/guardians. There is a consistent decrease in difficulties scores across the four difficulties themes from the beginning of the YAP programme to the end. Furthermore, there is an increase in prosocial strengths scores at the end. Parents/guardians also scored the young people as experiencing less difficulties in their lives by the end of the programme and saw a greater improvement for young people when they completed the YAP programme.