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Children's Behaviour


Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

Unlike adults, children may not have the verbal means to express their emotional discomfort and challenges experienced in life.  Hence, it is common to find children manifesting their difficulties as various social or behavioural problems. 

The checklist below is adapted from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (Copyright, Robert Goodman). Please provide your answers based on the child's behaviour over the past six months. If you have answered "Yes" for 3 or more of the items in any of the symptoms, please consult our therapists.


 Emotional Symptoms Scale

  • Often complains of headaches, stomach-aches or sickness

  • Many worries, often seems worried

  • Often unhappy, down-hearted or tearful

  • Nervous or clingy in new situations, easily loses confidence

  • Many fears, easily scared


 Conduct Problems Scale

  • Often has temper tantrums or hot tempers

  • Not obedient, usually does not do what adults request

  • Often fights with other children or bullies them

  • Often lies or cheats

  • Steals from home, school or elsewhere


 Hyperactivity Scale

  • Restless, overactive, cannot stay still for long

  • Constantly fidgeting or squirming

  • Easily distracted, concentration wanders

  • Does not think things out before acting

  • Does not see tasks through to the end, poor attention span


 Peer Problems Scale

  • Rather solitary, tends to play alone

  • Does not have at least one good friend

  • Generally disliked by other children

  • Picked on or bullied by other children

  • Gets on better with adults than with other children


 Prosocial Scale

  • Inconsiderate of other people's feelings

  • Does not share readily with other children

  • Unhelpful if someone is hurt, upset or feeling ill

  • Unkind to younger children

  • Does not volunteer to help others


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