Protocol - Depressive Symptoms - Child
The Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) is a 13-item, self-administered questionnaire on depressive symptoms. Each item is rated on a 3-point scale (0 = not true; 1 = sometimes true; 2 = true), and total scores range from 0-26, with higher scores indicating more severe depression symptoms.
More information on the Mood and Feelings Questionnaire can be found at http://devepi.duhs.duke.edu/mfq.html.
MOOD AND FEELINGS QUESTIONNAIRE: Short Version
This form is about how you might have been feeling or acting recently.
For each question, please check (✔) how you have been feeling or acting in the past two weeks.
If a sentence was not true about you, check NOT TRUE.
If a sentence was only sometimes true, check SOMETIMES.
If a sentence was true about you most of the time, check TRUE.
To code, please use a checkmark (✔)for each statement.
1. I felt miserable or unhappy.
2. I didn’t enjoy anything at all.
3. I felt so tired I just sat around and did nothing.
4. I was very restless.
5. I felt I was no good anymore.
6. I cried a lot.
7. I found it hard to think properly or concentrate.
8. I hated myself.
9. I was a bad person.
10. I felt lonely.
11. I thought nobody really loved me.
12. I thought I could never be as good as other kids.
13. I did everything wrong.
NOT TRUE = 0
SOMETIMES = 1
TRUE = 2
Scores from individual items are added to give total scores ranging from 0-26, with higher scores indicating more severe depression symptoms.
Copyright Adrian Angold & Elizabeth J. Costello, 1987; Developmental Epidemiology Program; Duke University.
Protocol Name from Source:
Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ)
Personnel and Training Required
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
Children and adolescents, ages 8-16.
The Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) was vetted against other measures for depression and selected because it is a free, validated, well-established, self-reported instrument for children and adolescents.
|Common Data Elements (CDE)||Child Mood And Feelings Questionnaire Assessment Scale||6133030||CDE Browser|
Process and Review
Expert Review Panel 4 (ERP 4) reviewed the measures in the Neurology, Psychiatric, and Psychosocial domains.
Guidance from ERP 4 included the following:
- Added new measure
- Added new protocol
- Created new Data Dictionary
Angold, A., Costello, E. J., Messer, S. C., Pickles, A., Winder, F., & Silver, D. (1995). The development of a short questionnaire for use in epidemiological studies of depression in children and adolescents. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 5, 237-249.
Jeffreys, M., Rozenman, M., Gonzalez, A., Warnick, E. M., Dauser, C., Scahill, L., Woolston, J., & Robin Weersing, V. (2016). Factor structure of the parent-report Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) in an outpatient mental health sample. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(6), 1111-1120.
Messer, S. C., Angold, A., Costello, E. J., Loeber, R., Van Kammen, W., & Stouthamer-Loeber, M. (1995). Development of a short questionnaire for use in epidemiological studies of depression in children and adolescents: Factor composition and structure across development. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 5, 251-262.
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November 28, 2017
A self-report questionnaire to assess symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD).
This measure can be used to rapidly assess depressive symptoms and select cases and non-cases. Depression is a common disorder that demonstrates a familial pattern and is comorbid with other psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorder, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Additionally, certain medical conditions-such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease-can increase the risk of depression. Some individuals who present with major depressive episodes may have a bipolar spectrum disorder.
Psychiatric, depression, bipolar disorder