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Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ)

Availability:

Publicly available

Description:

The Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) is a 13-item, self-administered questionnaire on depressive symptoms. Each item is rated on a 3-point scale (0 = not true; 1 = sometimes true; 2 = true), and total scores range from 0-26, with higher scores indicating more severe depression symptoms.

Protocol:

MOOD AND FEELINGS QUESTIONNAIRE: Short Version

This form is about how you might have been feeling or acting recently.

For each question, please check (✔) how you have been feeling or acting in the past two weeks.

If a sentence was not true about you, check NOT TRUE.

If a sentence was only sometimes true, check SOMETIMES.

If a sentence was true about you most of the time, check TRUE.

To code, please use a checkmark (✔)for each statement.

NOT TRUE

SOME-TIMES

TRUE

1. I felt miserable or unhappy.

2. I didn’t enjoy anything at all.

3. I felt so tired I just sat around and did nothing.

4. I was very restless.

5. I felt I was no good anymore.

6. I cried a lot.

7. I found it hard to think properly or concentrate.

8. I hated myself.

9. I was a bad person.

10. I felt lonely.

11. I thought nobody really loved me.

12. I thought I could never be as good as other kids.

13. I did everything wrong.

Scoring

NOT TRUE = 0

SOMETIMES = 1

TRUE = 2

Scores from individual items are added to give total scores ranging from 0-26, with higher scores indicating more severe depression symptoms.

Copyright Adrian Angold & Elizabeth J. Costello, 1987; Developmental Epidemiology Program; Duke University.

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Self-administered

Life Stage:

Child, Adolescent

Specific Instructions:

More information on the Mood and Feelings Questionnaire can be found at http://devepi.duhs.duke.edu/mfq.html.

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

November 28, 2017

Definition

A self-report questionnaire to assess symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD).

Purpose

This measure can be used to rapidly assess depressive symptoms and select cases and non-cases. Depression is a common disorder that demonstrates a familial pattern and is comorbid with other psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorder, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Additionally, certain medical conditions-such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease-can increase the risk of depression. Some individuals who present with major depressive episodes may have a bipolar spectrum disorder.

Selection Rationale

The Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) was vetted against other measures for depression and selected because it is a free, validated, well-established, self-reported instrument for children and adolescents.

Language

English

Standards

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Process and Review

[link[phenx.org/node/103|Expert Review Panel 4]] (ERP 4) reviewed the measures in the Neurology, Psychiatric, and Psychosocial domains.

Guidance from ERP 4 included the following:

  • Added new measure
  • Added new protocol
  • Created new Data Dictionary

Source

Angold, A., Costello, E. J., Messer, S. C., Pickles, A., Winder, F., & Silver, D. (1995). The development of a short questionnaire for use in epidemiological studies of depression in children and adolescents. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 5, 237-249.

General References

Jeffreys, M., Rozenman, M., Gonzalez, A., Warnick, E. M., Dauser, C., Scahill, L., Woolston, J., & Robin Weersing, V. (2016). Factor structure of the parent-report Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) in an outpatient mental health sample. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(6), 1111-1120.

Messer, S. C., Angold, A., Costello, E. J., Loeber, R., Van Kammen, W., & Stouthamer-Loeber, M. (1995). Development of a short questionnaire for use in epidemiological studies of depression in children and adolescents: Factor composition and structure across development. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 5, 251-262.

Protocol ID:

121702

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