Development of a Questionnaire to Screen Physical Health and Psychosocial Issues among Adolescents
Background: Adolescent patients often present with non-specific problems. Often it is difficult to find the need of a detailed medical evaluation that may last for several hours and over more than 1 visit.
Objective: To develop a questionnaire for screening physical health and psychosocial issues among adolescents.
Study Design: Development of screening questionnaire using mixed methods.
Particpants: Expert panel and adolescents.
Method: Case record forms of adolescents registered at Centre for Adolescent Health (CAH), Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, New Delhi were reviewed and problems were identified. Henceforth questions were framed by an expert panel as a bilingual draft which was then tested on adolescents. Several questions were modified; a few new questions were also added after the expert panel review.
Outcomes: Finally, two different questionnaires were developed for adolescents, one for those who were less than 13 years and the other for those who were more than 14 years of age. As a few questions were related to menstrual issues, we decided to have a separate questionnaire for boys and girls above 14 years.
Results: Testing of the second version was done and minor errors were rectified. Hence, the final screening tool was prepared which was comprehensive, bilingual, and easy to use. Cronbach’s alpha value of the questionnaire is 0.86.
Conclusion: The screening questionnaires were developed for screening physical health and psychosocial issues in adolescents. These questionnaires have good psychometric properties.
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Pallavi, Pemde HK, Sathya R, Kataria D, Patra S. Development of a Questionnaire to Screen Physical Health and Psychosocial Issues among Adolescents. Postgrad J Pediatr Adol Med. 2022;1(1):21-28.
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