Below are the questions asked in the National Survey of Children’s Health to determine whether children who were at least 2 years old had been diagnosed with, and currently have, any of seven emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions. These questions only represent a small portion of the survey.
For all of the questions listed here, respondents could answer “yes,” “no,” or “I don’t know,” or they could refuse to answer. If the respondent did not understand the question, the surveyor read the text that explained what the condition was.
Now I am going to read you a list of conditions. For each condition, please tell me if a doctor or other health care provider ever told you that [your child] had the condition, even if (he/she) does not have the condition now.
Has a doctor or other health care provider ever told you that [your child] had…
K2Q31A Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, that is, ADD or ADHD?
A child with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has problems paying attention or sitting still. It may cause the child to be easily distracted.
[if yes] Does [your child] currently have ADD or ADHD?
Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It is marked by persistent sadness or an anxious or empty mood. It affects how a person feels, and the way a person eats, sleeps, and functions.
[if yes] Does [your child] currently have depression?
K2Q33A Anxiety problems?
Anxiety is a feeling of constant worrying. Children with severe anxiety problems may be diagnosed as having anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and phobias.
[if yes] Does [your child] currently have anxiety problems?
K2Q34A Behavioral or conduct problems, such as oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder?
Oppositional defiant disorder is an ongoing pattern of defiant and hostile behavior that interferes with a child’s life and daily activities.
[if yes] Does [your child] currently have behavioral or conduct problems?
K2Q35A Autism, Asperger’s Disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, or other autism spectrum disorder?
Children with autism have delays in language, communication, and social skills. Children with Asperger’s disorder have impaired social skills but do not have speech or language delays. They often have an intense interest in a single subject or topic. Children with pervasive developmental disorder have severe and persistent delays in language, communication, and social skills.
[if yes] Does [your child] currently have Autism or ASD?
K2Q36A Any developmental delay that affects (his/her) ability to learn?
A child with a developmental delay does not achieve certain skills as quickly other children of the same age. A developmental delay is a major delay in motor, language, social, or thinking skills.
[if yes] Does [your child] currently have developmental delay problems?
K2Q38A Tourette Syndrome?
Tourette Syndrome is a disorder that causes frequent sudden movements or sounds.
[if yes] Does [your child] currently have Tourette Syndrome?