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Youth Outcome Questionnaire (Y-OQ-12)

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

This 12-item scale is derived from the longer, well-established Youth Outcome Questionnaire – 2.01. It is a general measure of psychological distress and is intended to be used in the first stage of a two-stage screening process. People who score positive on the Y-OQ-12 are given the full Y-OQ-2.01 instrument. A score in the clinical range on the second stage instrument is then used as a marker for continuous outcome tracking.

Appropriate target populations

Children aged 4 to 17.

Administration options

Parent answers the questionnaire based on his or her observations of the child.

_X_ self-administered (paper-and-pencil)

___ self-administered (computer)

___ clinician-administered

Time required

Approximately 10 minutes.

Languages available

_X_ English

_X_ French

_X_ Other (Spanish, Swedish, Dutch)

Accessibility and cost

___ no charge for use

___ use requires permission of test developer

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

_X_ fee for use (Contact for a quote.)

Where to access or contact

Summary of test development data

Quality of reporting

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

Summary of validity and reliability data

Moderate, largely because there is only one well-designed validation study.