Family Questions

The SWYC's Family Questions were chosen from previously validated sources and are commonly used to measure symptoms of depression, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence and other psychosocial risk factors that affect parents' and children's well-being. Answers to such questions may help pediatricians understand some factors that affect their young patients and their families. We have collected normative data on these questions in primary care and referral clinic samples. Because all items in this domain were gleaned from the research literature, we rely on previous research to support their validity.

Positive endorsement of items on this list indicate a child should be monitored further. If a parent endorses items such that a pediatrician believes a child or family member may be at immediate risk of harm, appropriate steps should be taken to refer the child and/or family for help as soon as possible.