Measuring mental health and well-being of school-children in 15 European countries using the KIDSCREEN-10 Index


Erhart M., Ottova V., Gaspar T., Jericek H., Schnohr C., Alikasifoglu M., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, vol.54, pp.160-166, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00038-009-5407-7
  • Journal Name: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.160-166
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No

Abstract

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To test the psychometric properties and measurement results of the KIDSCREEN-10 Mental Health Index in school children from 15 European countries.

METHODS:

Within the cross-sectional Health Behaviour in School-aged Children 2005/2006 Survey, 78,000 pupils aged 11, 13, 15 answered the KIDSCREEN and additional measures. Cronbach's alpha, Rasch partial credit model itemfit and ANOVAs were conducted.

RESULTS:

Cronbach's alpha was 0.81, Rasch infit mean square residuals were 0.7-1.3. Mean scores varied 0.8 standard deviation across countries. Older pupils (effect size [ES] = 0.6), girls (ES = 0.2), pupils with low socio-economic status (ES = 0.5) or frequent health complaints (r = 0.5) reported decreased mental health.

CONCLUSIONS:

The KIDSCREEN-10 displayed good psychometric properties. Measured differences between countries, age, gender, SES, and health complaints comply with theoretical considerations

 

Objectives: To test the psychometric properties and measurement results of the KIDSCREEN-10 Mental Health Index in school children from 15 European countries.