Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ) - Parent Version
The Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ-short) for parents/caregivers is a 13 item subscale from a longer 34-item questionnaire (the original MFQ). Each item asks parents to rate whether the provided phrase is indicative of their child’s feelings and actions (“Not True”, “Sometimes”, or “True”) over the timeframe of the previous two weeks. The questions asked on the survey are based on the DSM-III criteria for depression. However, scores on this measure should be interpreted with caution. A particular score on this measure should not be taken to mean that the respondent has a particular disorder, as this measure is only one component of a diagnostic evaluation. Similarly, this measure does not yield a definitive diagnosis, but rather suggests types of mental health disorders that may be the cause of the respondent’s emotional or behavioral difficulties. A diagnosis can only be reached after a thorough evaluation by a trained clinician.
This instrument has a companion, child-report version, which consists of items assessing the same symptoms.