Portuguese Version of the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ-PT)

The Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ)  is a parent-report questionnaire that was developed in the US  to screen for the most common sleep problems in school aged children. It was further translated and validated in several countries.

The “abbreviated” version of the questionnaire contains the 33 items that were used for scoring. Total CSHQ score and 8 subscale scores can be calculated, and a higher score is indicative of more sleep problems. This structure was originally validated for children aged 4 to 10 years old but the questionnaire has also been used for younger 2 to 3 years old children.

The “longer” version of the CSHQ also contains additional items which, although not utilized in either the subscale or total scores, may yield clinically relevant information.

The CSHQ-PT project (Portuguese version of the CSHQ) started in 2009 with a preliminary contact with Prof. Judith Owens that welcomed the initiative. The cross-cultural adaptation of the long version of the questionnaire was made according to published international guidelines and the back translation was approved by the author in 2010. Thereafter the CSHQ-PT was validated for children aged 2 to 10 years old and the first results were presented at the 5th Europaediatrics Congress in June 2011 showing that the CSHQ-PT psychometric properties are similar to the versions from other countries and adequate for research (1,2).

Thank you so much to all the parents and children that have collaborated in this research. We are also grateful to the support of CUF Descobertas Hospital.
UPDATE: The validation article was accepted for publication and will be published soon (see ref. 3).

The Portuguese version of the CSHQ is available in this page (portuguese).

Filipe Glória Silva
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(1)  Silva FG, Silva CR, Neto AS, Braga LB. Portuguese Version of the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire: Translation and Cultural Adaptation (abstract). Evid-Based Child Health. 2011 Jul; 6 Suppl 1: S76
(2)  Silva FG, Silva CR, Braga LB, Neto AS. Portuguese Version of the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire: Psychometric Properties (abstract). Evid-Based Child Health. 2011 Jul; 6 Suppl 1: S76-77
(3)  FG, Silva CR, Braga LB, Neto AS. Portuguese Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire – validation and cross-cultural comparison. J Pediatr (Rio J). Forthcoming 2014.  [Epub ahead of print 2013 Oct 22] 
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