Mental health of young people in Australia

Appendix B: Domains assessed by the child health questionnaire

Page last updated: October 2000

Health-related quality of life of children and adolescents
Family functioning
Perceived impact of child and adolescent health on parents

Health-related quality of life of children and adolescents

Physical activities

  • Low score - Greatly limited in performing all physical activities, including self-care
  • High score - Performs all types of physical activities without limitations

Pain and discomfort

  • Low score - Extremely severe, frequent and limiting bodily pain and discomfort
  • High score - No pain or limitation due to pain and discomfort

School/friends – physical limitations

  • Low score - Greatly limited in schoolwork or peer-group activities due to physical health
  • High score - No limitations in schoolwork or activities as a result of physical health

School/friends – emotional/behavioural limitations

  • Low score - Greatly limited in schoolwork or peer-group activities due to emotional/behavioural problems
  • High score - No limitations in schoolwork or peer-group activities due to emotional/behavioural problems

Self-esteem

  • Low score - Very dissatisfied with abilities, looks, family/peer relationships, and life in general
  • High score - Very satisfied with abilities, looks, family/peer relationships, and life in general
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Family functioning

Family activities

  • Low score - Child's problems very often limit and interrupt family activities or are a source of family tension
  • High score - Child's problems never limit and interrupt family activities nor are they a source of family tension

Family cohesion

  • Low score - The family's ability to get along is rated as poor
  • High score - The family's ability to get along is rated as excellent

Perceived impact of child and adolescent health on parents

Impact on time

  • Low score - Parent experiences marked limitations in time available for personal needs due to child's physical and/or psychosocial problems
  • High score - Parent doesn't experience limitations in time available for personal needs due to child's physical and/or psychosocial problems

Impact on emotions

  • Low score - Parent experiences a great deal of emotional worry/concern as a result of child's physical and/or psychosocial health
  • High score - Parent doesn't experience a great deal of emotional worry/concern as a result of child's physical and/or psychosocial health