Developmental and Social–Emotional Screening of Young Children (0–6 years of age) in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Human Services Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Department of Health

Pediatric Symptom Checklist

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Social-Emotional Screening Instrument Profile
General Information
Type of Instrument Social-emotional screener
Date of Publication 1998
Age Span Four – 16 years
Available Languages English, Spanish, and Chinese
Reliability Test-retest = .84 - .91
Validity Concurrent = .79 - .92
Sensitivity 88-92%
Specificity 68-99%
Administration Information
Time to administer 2-12 minutes
Time to score 2 minutes
Minimum reading level 5th to 6th grade
Minimum scoring skills No special qualifications for scoring
Ordering Information
Name of Test Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)
Website Address
Publisher’s Address Michael Jellinek, M.D.
Michael Murphy, Ed.D
Child Psychiatry, Bulfinch 351, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114
Publisher’s Phone 617-724-3163
Publisher’s Fax 617-726-9219
Publisher’s Email
Cost Free
Educational/Training Resources
Manual available Yes
Video available No
Training Method Manual and material on website should be sufficient.
Additional References

Jellinek MS, Murphy JM, Little E, Pagano ME, Comer DM, Kelleher KJ.  Use of the Pediatric Symptom Checklist to Screen for Psychosocial Problems in Pediatric Primary Care.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med.  1999; 153:254-260.

Jellinek MS, Murphy JM, Robinson J, et al.  The Pediatric Symptom Checklist: screening school-age children for psychosocial dysfunction.  J Pediatr. 1988; 112:201-209.

Murphy JM, Ichinose C, Hicks RC, et al.  Utility of the Pediatrics Symptom Checklist as a psychosocial screen in EPSDT.  J Pediatr. 1996; 129:864-869.