Questionario Pessoal (PQ)

Translated title of the contribution: Personal Questionnaire

Celia Sales, Paula Alves, Robert Elliott

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The PQ (Elliott, Mack & Shapiro, 1999) is an individualized target complaint measure meant to assess changes in the problems that patients report when they seek psychological treatment. A trained interviewer (intake worker, therapist, or a researcher) helps the client, in an interview-based procedure, to develop a list of approximately ten problem statements describing in their own words what they want to work on in treatment (i.e., “My son does not talk to me anymore”). Overall, PQ is an outcome measure of mental health, with satisfactory psychometric properties, high acceptability and some evidence of clinical usefulness. However, it presents feasibility constraints, mainly because of the time and resources required in the initial interview for item generation.
Translated title of the contributionPersonal Questionnaire
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationPsicologia Clínica e da Saúde
Subtitle of host publicationInstrumentos de Avaliação
EditorsMiguel M. Gonçalves, Mário R. Simões, Leandro S. Almeida
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2017


  • psychological measurement
  • personal questionnaire
  • individualized target complaint measure
  • interviewer
  • interview-based procedure
  • psychometric properties
  • outcome measure
  • mental health
  • feasibility


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