Using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) to Predict Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties on Positive and Negative Affect Among Adolescents in Disadvantaged Communities

Nor Ba`Yah Abdul Kadir, Zaidah Mustapha, Mimi Hanida Abdul Mutalib, Nur Asyikin Yakub

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Abstract

The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) was used to predict the positive and negative affects of emotional and behavioral difficulties among adolescent boys and girls aged between 14 and 21 years living in disadvantaged communities. A total of 316 adolescents-181 boys and 135 girls-living in the Seri Pantai and Pantai Ria Public Housing Projects in Kuala Lumpur were invited to complete the questionnaire. The results showed that conduct and peer problems were the most prevalent emotional and behavioral difficulties experienced by these adolescents. As expected, the emotional symptoms were more common among the girls than the boys. A further analysis showed that emotional symptoms, peer problems, and low prosocial behavior were predictors of the negative affect of emotional and behavioral difficulties while negative emotional symptoms and high hyperactivity were predictors of a positive affect. The findings suggested that three subscales of SDQ are required to produce a negative affect, and two subscales of SDQ for a positive affect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-137
Number of pages13
JournalAsian Social Work and Policy Review
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Community
  • Malaysia
  • Negative affect
  • Positive affect

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