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Tayside Children's Sleep Questionnaire (TCSQ)

Name of questionnaire Tayside Children's Sleep Questionnaire (TCSQ)
Type of questionnaire-description,age Self-administered test.  To assess for disorders of initiating and maintaining sleep (DIMS).  Gauge the severity of this problem as perceived by their parents in children 1-5 years old.
Number of items 10 items
Number of domains & categories 3 domains
Name of categories/domains   Initial settling of child; night-time disruption; and early morning arousal
Scaling of items 0 to 4 (Likert-type responses); only questions 1-9 are summed (total scores range from 0 to 36); question 10 is not scored (excluded from data analysis)
Scoring available: with permission or free Contact author
Scoring test-retest reliability Not available
Scoring internal consistency Yes, Cronbach's α = 0.85
Validity Yes, face and content validity established by expert review; discriminant validity present. Results correlate well with other studies in similar age groups
Language English
Translations in other languages (if yes, then list the languages) Not applicable
Developer name Jacqui A McGreavey
Developer contact information Jacqui A McGreavey,
Monifieth Health Centre
Victoria Street
Monifieth, Dundee DD5, 4LX, UK
E-mail: jacqui.mcgreavey@tpct.scot.nhs.uk
Availability of questionnaire: needs permission from developer, cost or freely available Information not available
Limitations -
Link to the questionnaire (if available) Contact author
Other comments 3 month retrospective report;score of ≥ 8 suggests DIMS. Can be used in primary care setting and is easy-to-read. Represents a modified subset of the bigger Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children   5 questions form the original Bruni questionnaire (Questions1, 2, 3, 5, and 6)
5 newer questions dealing with: 4 questions address nighttime awakenings and the child’s need for parental intervention (Questions 4, 7, 8, and 9)
1 question addresses the parents’ perception of their child’s sleep habits. 
References (original publication) McGreavey JA. Donnan PT, Pagliari HC, Sullivan FM. The Tayside Children's Sleep Questionnaire: A Simple tool to Evaluate Sleep Problems in Young Children.  Child: Care, Health and Development 2005; 31(5):539-544.
Last Reviewed: June 2016