The Newcastle adolescent behaviour screening questionnaire

M. Place, I. Kolvin and S.T. Morton

British Journal of Psychiatry 1987; 151:45-51

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M. Place, I. Kolvin and S.T. Morton, "The Newcastle adolescent behaviour screening questionnaire", The British Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 151, pp. 45-51 (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1987).


As part of a larger study, a brief rating-scale was developed which focusses on the mid-adolescent phase of development. Completed by teachers, the questionnaire has an inter-rater reliability of 0.78, with a test-retest correlation of 0.82. When the performances of various screening instruments were compared it became clear that no single questionnaire was obviously more efficient than the others at detecting potential disturbance in an urban adolescent population. Indeed, different questionnaires seemed to highlight particular facets of functioning. The Newcastle Adolescent Questionnaire proved to be a reliable and valid screening measure.

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