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Table 3 SDQ Predicted Diagnoses and Clinical DAWBA Diagnoses among 286 patients in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services North Study, Norway, 2006-2008

From: The strengths and difficulties questionnaire as a screening instrument for norwegian child and adolescent mental health services, application of UK scoring algorithms

  SDQ - 'possible' SDQ - 'probable' DAWBA diagnoses
  All agesa Childb Youthc χ2 All agesa Childb Youthc χ2 All agesa Childb Youthc χ2
Any disorder 255 (89%) 117 (91%) 138 (87%) 1.21 207 (72%) 94 (73%) 113 (72%) 0.13 188 (66%) 76 (59%) 112 (71%) 4.16*
Emotional disorders 164 (57%) 61 (50%) 103 (65%) 8.89** 70 (25%) 19 (15%) 51 (32%) 11.63** 98 (34%) 24 (19%) 74 (47%) 24.76**
Hyperactivity disorders 181 (63%) 87 (68%) 94 (60%) 2.19 85 (30%) 50 (39%) 35 (22%) 9.68** 51 (18%) 33 (26%) 18 (11%) 9.99**
Conduct disorders 168 (59%) 83 (65%) 85 (54%) 3.56 123 (40%) 60 (47%) 63 (40%) 1.41 88 (31%) 45 (35%) 43 (27%) 2.09
Comorbidity 176 (62%) 78 (61%) 98 (62%) 0.04 62 (22%) 30 (23%) 32 (20%) 0.42 59 (21%) 28 (22%) 31 (20%) 0.22
  1. a All ages = 5-18 years, b Child = 5-10 years, c Youth = 11-18 years
  2. * p < 0.05
  3. ** p < 0.01