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Faith Situations Questionnaire FSQ


Scale name: Faith Situations Questionnaire FSQ

Scale overview: Caregivers provide information about the presence and severity of 19 child behavior problems in faith situations. Scores may be compared to norms for children age 5-12.

Authors: Hathaway, Douglas, & Grabowski

Response Type: Raters answer each item as present or absent and if present, the item is rated on a 9-point scale where 9 = the highest severe rating.

Sample items:

Instructions: Does your child present any problems with compliance to instructions, commands, or rules for you in any of these situations? If so, please circle the word Yes and then circle a number beside that situation that describes how severe the problem is for you. If your child is not a problem in a situation, circle No and go on to the next situation on the form.              

When saying prayers

During a religious instruction class, such as Sunday school, catechism or Hebrew school

Psychometrics: The FSQ sample was similar to the 2000 US census data for gender and race. They also included the percentage of Christian groups to match the census data.

Reliability: Cronbach’s alpha of .92 for the normative sample (n = 249) of children ages 5-12

Validity: The article below includes useful information showing appropriate correlations with ADHD and ODD symptoms.

Availability: See the article for a copy.

Permissions: The scale may be copied for clinical use.



Hathaway, W. L., Douglas, D., & Grabowski, K. (2003). Faith Situations Questionnaire: Childhood normative data. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 22, 141–154.

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