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Table 2 Details of items endorsed at a very low and very high level of social-emotional problems derived from the first edition of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE) for 36-month interval

From: Social-emotional problems among Swedish three-year-olds: an Item Response Theory analysis of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional

ItemsQuestionsThreshold parameterN (%) of children with difficulties
Five first items endorsed at a low level of social-emotional problems
 20Does your child check that you are nearby when he/she is exploring new places such as parks or a friend’s home?0.363038 (42.6)
 11Does your child do what you ask him/her?0.482866 (40.2)
 18Does your child comply with requests in everyday routines? For example, coming to the dinner table or putting away toys when you tell him/her.0.772455 (34.3)
 19Does your child cry, scream or have fits of rage that are prolonged?0.792455 (34.3)
 12Does your child seem to be more active than other children of the same age?0.932248 (31.6)
Five last items endorsed at a high level of social-emotional problems
 22Does your child hurt her/himself on purpose?4.36149 (2.1)
 9Does your child seem satisfied and happy?4.53126 (1.8)
 10Is your child interested in things around him/her? For example, people, toys and food?4.8295 (1.3)
 16Does your child sleep at least 8 h in 24 h?5.0180 (1.1)
 30Does your child show an unusual interest in, or knowledge of, sexual words/activities?5.7041 (0.6)
  1. All items where dichotomized to ‘no problem’ for those who scored 0 on any item whether it is always/often for “positive questions” (e.g. Does your child seem satisfied and happy?) or it is seldom/never for “negative questions” (e.g. Does your child hurt her/himself on purpose?), or ‘with problem’ for those who scored otherwise