Start delivering measurement based mental health care

Conduct psychological assessments remotely, get scores automatically, and maintain clinical records securely

Create account
Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (Parent-Report Version)

Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (Parent-Report Version)

What is SMFQ-P

The Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (Parent-Report Version) (SMFQ-P) is a brief, easy-to-administer, parent-report measure of childhood and adolescent depression, designed for rapid evaluation of core depressive symptomatology or for use in epidemiological studies. The SMFQ-P appears to be a promising tool for both the swift assessment of core depressive symptomatology and as a screening measure for depression in child psychiatric epidemiological studies.

SMFQ-P Printable PDF

You can create a free account on PsyPack to access fillable PDFs, manuals and educational resources for the SMFQ-P

SMFQ-P Scoring and Interpretation

Score the MFQ as follows:

  • NOT TRUE = 0
  • TRUE = 2

Mean scores of pediatric and psychiatric groups.

Table 5
Scale/SubscalePediatric mean (SD)Psychiatric mean (SD)


2.15 (3.27)

5.79 (4.80)

Psychiatric group. This group comprised 48 consecutive child psychiatric outpatient referrals attending the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburg and aged between 6 and 17 years.

Pediatric group. This group comprised 125 6-11 years old (only one was younger than seven) who had been brought to the primary care pediatric clinic of a large Health Maintenance Organization for a variety of general health problems.

There are no prescribed cut points for any version the MFQ.

PsyPack can automatically score the SMFQ-P assessment and prepare corresponding tables and graphs.

SMFQ-P sample result

Further, PsyPack automatically plots a graph to help you easily track progress over time.

SMFQ-P track progress

Sample Report of SMFQ-P



What does SMFQ-P measure

The purpose of the evaluation is to:

  • assess core depressive symptomatology, and
  • screen for depression in child psychiatric epidemiological studies.



Type of outcome tool


Assessment modes


Age and eligibility

6 to 17 years

Estimated time

Less than 5 minutes


Since the questionnaire relies on client's observations, all responses should be verified by the clinician, and a definitive diagnosis is made on clinical grounds taking into account how well the client understood the questionnaire, as well as other relevant information from the client.

There is no single cutpoint that is best for use in all circumstances. This is true of all screening tests, whether psychiatric or general medical. As a result the authors group does not recommend any specific cutpoints for use with the MFQ. Rather it is up to users to decide what will be most useful in their particular circumstances.

Attribution and References

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.