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Reporting Questionnaire for Children (RQC)

From: Concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health Problems in Youth: Screening for Concurrent Substance Use and Mental Health Problems in Youth (© 2009, CAMH)


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Brief description

The Reporting Questionnaire for Children (RQC) is a 10-item instrument administered verbally to the caregivers of children. It was developed as part of a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborative study involving seven countries. The tool was designed as part of a two-stage screening and assessment protocol. The RQC was intended to be the first stage screen for developmental disability (then called mental retardation), significant degrees of emotional and behavioural disorder and psychotic disorders. The second stage was a standardized psychiatric interview.

Appropriate target populations

Children between the ages of 5 and 15.

Administration options

Formats available

_X_ self-administered (paper-and-pencil)

___ self-administered (computer)

_X_ clinician-administered

Languages available

_X_ English

___ French

_X_ Other (Contact authors for more information.)

Accessibility and cost

_X_ no charge for use

___ use requires permission of test developer

___ use requires special training and/or professional or academic credentials

___ fee for use

Where to access

Instructions are available from the authors; requests should be addressed to the Division of Mental Health, World Health Organization, Geneva.

Items are also available in: Giel, R., De Arango, M.V., Climent, C.E., Harding, T.W., Ibrahim, H.H.A., Ladrigoignacio, L., et al. (1981). Childhood mental disorders in primary health care: results of observations in four developing countries. Pediatrics, 68 (5), 677–683.

Summary of test development data

Quality of reporting

Moderate, based on STARD rating (see Appendix, p. 76).

Summary of validity and reliability data

Low, largely on the basis of the limited application in North America, the time that has elapsed from the major validation studies and the lack of information on test reliability.