Seattle Personality Questionnaire -Original

1.      Talk a Lot in Class
2.      Feel Afraid a Lot
3.      Worry What Other Children Say
4.      Afraid to Try New Things
5.      Hard to Make Friends at School
6.      Lot of Aches and Pains
7.      Think School is Fun
8.      Worry Others May Not Like You
9.      Like Everyone You Know
10. Have Kids to Play with at School
11. Take Things and Keep Them
12. Hard to Ask Join Game
13. Lot of Scary Dreams or Nightmares
14. Lot of Headaches
15. Kids at School Like You
16. Always Good
17. Like Your Teacher
18. Lot of Tummy Aches
19. Lot of Fights
20. Lonely at School
21. Ever Feel Mad
22. Teacher Gets Mad Too Much
23. Hard for You to Listen
24. Nice Things Happen at School
25. Tell a Lot of Lies
26. Feel Like Throwing Up
27. Argue a Lot with Other People
28. Unhappy at School
29. Worry What Others Think of You
30. Tease or Make Fun of Other Kids
31. Wish You Could Stay Home from School
32. Worry about Being Teased
33. Break Things on Purpose
34. Feel Unhappy a Lot
35. Feel Like Crying a Lot
36. Feel Upset about Things
37. Have Trouble Paying Attention
38. Feel You Do Things Wrong a Lot
39. Feel That Most Things Not Fun
40. Feel Sorry for Yourself
41. Have Trouble Falling/Staying Asleep
42. Feel Tired a Lot
43. Often Feel Like Not Eating
44. Want to be by Yourself a Lot
The Seattle Personality Questionnaire is a 44-item measure completed by the target child. This measure is designed to determine three dimensions of symptomatology (anxiety‚ conduct problems‚ and somatization)‚ depression‚ school dislike‚ and a lie scale. The symptomatology and lie items were based on the Seattle Personality Questionnaire for Young School-Aged Children‚ which is a 50-item self-report personality questionnaire for children ages 6 through 10 (Kusche‚ Greenberg‚ and Beilke‚ 1988). The school dislike items were borrowed from two scales: School Loneliness (Asher‚ Hymel‚ & Renshaw‚ 2 1984‚ Asher & Wheeler‚ 1985) and School Sentiment (Ladd‚ 1990).
This tool touches on the following keywords:
·         anxiety
·         conduct problems
·         somatization
This instrument can be found on page 5 of Seattle Personality Questionnaire-Original Grade 2/Year 3 Fast Track Project Technical Report‚ available online at:
Grade 2/Year 3
In year 4‚ the responses for all of the items changed to a scale of 0 to 4‚ with 0=almost never‚ 1=sometimes true‚ 2=often true‚ 3=almost always‚ and 4=don’t know/no response. No other changes were made to the measure in year 4.
Asher‚ S.‚ Hymel‚ S.‚ & Renshaw‚ P. (1984). Loneliness in children. Child Development‚ 55‚

 Asher‚ S. & Wheeler‚ V. (1985). Children’s loneliness: A comparison of rejected and neglected peer status. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology‚ 53‚ 500-505.

 Kusche‚ C.A.‚ Greenberg‚ M.T.‚ and Beilke‚ R. (1988) Seattle Personality Questionnaire for Young School-Aged Children. Unpublished personality questionnaire‚ University of Washington‚ Department of Psychology‚ Seattle.

Ladd‚ G. (1990). ha‎ving friends‚ keeping friends‚ making friends‚ and being liked by peers in the classroom: Predictors of children’s early school adjustment? Child Development‚ 61‚ 1081-1100.


Rains‚ C. (2003). Seattle Personality Questionnaire—Original. (Fast Track Project Technical Report). Available from the Fast Track Project website:

 Greenberg‚ M. & Lengua‚ L. (1995). Scale Construction for the Seattle Personality Inventory. (Fast Track Project Technical Report). Seattle‚ Washington: University of Washington.