Please read Before You Begin to learn about the purpose and scope of the checklists provided below.

How to Use the Table

The checklists in the table below can be used to help clarify which types of mental health symptoms might be most problematic for a child or adolescent.

For each checklist the table indicates: the age range for the checklist, who completes the checklist, the number of items in the checklist and how long it takes to complete, and whether free access is available on line.

To help you decide whether a checklist might be appropriate to use with respect to a particular child, you can click on the DETAIL link next to the checklist. The DETAIL pages give more detailed information about the checklist, including a color-coded summary of who the checklist is designed for (i.e., parents, teachers, students, and/or clinicians). The DETAIL pages also provide direct links to view, download or order each of the checklists.


Please keep in mind the following cautions:

  • Use of these checklists does not produce a diagnosis. Rather, the checklists point toward the types of mental health disorders that may be worthwhile to consider as a cause of the child's or adolescent's emotional or behavioral difficulties.
  • A particular “score” on a checklist does not mean that a child has a particular disorder – these checklists are only one component of an evaluation.
  • Diagnoses should be made only by a trained clinician after a thorough evaluation.
  • Symptoms suggestive of suicidal or harmful behaviors warrant immediate attention by a trained clinician.

Table of Checklists

Table of Checklists for Preliminary Mental Health Screening For Ages (Years) Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items Time to Complete (Minutes)

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Child Behavior Checklists (CBCL) DETAIL
1.5- 18 Parent, Teacher: 118
Student: 112
Clinician: 96-99
Behavioral Assessment System for Children, 2nd Ed. (BASC-2)  DETAIL 2-21

Parent :
Parent, Teacher: 10-20
Student: 30
Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Screen (CAPS) DETAIL 3-21 Parent: 85 15-20
Conners 3 DETAIL 3-17 Parent: 49
Teacher: 28
Home Situations Questionnaire (HSQ) DETAIL 4-11 Parent: 16 5
School Situations Questionnaire (SSQ) DETAIL 4-11 Teacher: 12 5
Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) DETAIL 6-16 Parent: 35 5-10
SNAP-IV-C Rating Scale-Revised DETAIL 6-18 Parent, Teacher: 90 10
Beck Youth Inventories of Emotional & Social Impairment (BYI) DETAIL 7-14 Student: 5 self-reports, 20 each 5-10 per inventory



Disclaimer. This document is intended to provide general educational information concerning mental health and health care resources. This information is not an attempt to practice medicine or to provide specific medical advice, and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider's judgment. The reader is advised to exercise judgment when making decisions and to consult with a qualified health care professional with respect to individual situations and for answers to personal questions.

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