Anxiety Disorders Detail
The scales described below can help identify a variety of symptoms affecting children and adolescents. Do not assume that a particular "score" on any rating scale or screening tool means a child has a particular disorder-these instruments are only one component of an evaluation. Diagnoses should be made only by a trained clinician after a thorough assessment. Symptoms suggestive of suicidal or harmful behaviors warrant immediate attention by a trained clinician.

Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS)
Parent Student

SCAS is designed to evaluate symptoms relating to separation anxiety, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic-agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, and fears of physical injury in children ages 8-12. It contains 45 items that take about 5-10 minutes to complete.

A 34-item preschool form (for ages 2.5-6.5 years) can be completed by parents. The SCAS is available at:

Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS-2)

RCMAS is used with children and adolescents ages 6-19. It contains 37 yes/no items: 28 related to anxiety, and 9 concerning social desirability. This tool, completed by the child or adolescent, takes about 10 minutes to administer to individuals or groups.

This scale is available at:

Depression and Anxiety in Youth Scales (DAYS)
Parent Teacher Student

These screening tools measure anxiety, depression, and social maladjustment in children and adolescents ages 6-19. The parent scale contains 45 items, the teacher scale has 30 items, and the self-report scale contains 40 items. Each version takes 5-20 minutes to complete.

All versions of the scale can be purchased at: or

Beck Anxiety Inventory for Youth (BYI)

Reflects children's specific worries about school performance, the future, negative reactions of others, fears including loss of control, and physiological symptoms associated with anxiety. This is a 20-item, self-report inventory that allows for early identification of symptoms of anxiety in children and adolescents ages 7-14.

It can be purchased on-line as part of the five Beck Youth Inventories of Social & Emotional Impairment.

Click here to access the site. Scroll down and select "Beck Youth Inventories™ of Emotional & Social Impairment."

Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)
Parent Student Clinician

BAI is a questionnaire intended to assess general anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents age 7 and older. It contains 21 items and takes 5-10 minutes to complete. This scale can be used for screening for significant anxiety or for measuring improvements with treatments on anxiety symptoms.

Click here to access the site. Scroll down and select "Beck Anxiety Inventory."

Self-Report for Childhood Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)
Parent Student

This tool screens children and adolescents age 8 and older for anxiety disorders. Both SCARED versions contain 41 items that measure five factors: general anxiety, separation anxiety, social phobia, school phobia, and physical symptoms of anxiety.

Each screen takes 5 minutes to complete and is available free at:
(look in Assessment Instruments listings).

Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC)

The MASC self-report assesses major areas of anxiety in children and adolescents ages 8-19. The MASC contains 39 items and can be completed in approximately 15 minutes. Written at a fourth-grade reading level, the MASC self-report has been used by schools, outpatient clinics, residential treatment centers, child protective services, juvenile detention centers, and private practices. A shorter version (MASC-10) is available for repeated testing to monitor improvements with treatments. This 10-item version takes about 5 minutes to administer.

Both versions can be purchased at:
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State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC)

The STAIC is used for measuring anxiety in children ages 9-12. Based on the same theory as the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC) distinguishes between a general proneness to anxious behavior rooted in the personality, and anxiety as a fleeting emotional state. The instrument consists of two 20-item scales that take 10-20 minutes to administer. It can be administered verbally to younger children and is easy to read.

This inventory can be purchased at:

Endler Multidimensional Anxiety Scales (EMAS)

The three EMAS scales are designed for adolescents ages 12-17 and are written at an 8th grade reading level. They take a total of 25 minutes to complete. The scales measure state anxiety-the individual's actual temporary anxiety response; the individual's tendency to experience anxiety in four different types of situations: socially-evaluative, physically dangerous, new or ambiguous, and routine; and the individual's perception of the type and intensity of threat in the immediate situation.

The scales can be purchased at:
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Anxiety Disorders in Children: A Test for (Parents)

A very simple 15-item screen for parents to identify symptoms of anxiety in their adolescents ages 12-17. It is not used for formally diagnosing anxiety, as it does not address the full criteria of any anxiety disorder.

It takes about 5 minutes to complete and is available at:

Anxiety Disorders in Adolescents: A Self-Test

A very simple 18-item screening tool for children and adolescents ages 12-17 to identify symptoms of anxiety. It is not used for formally diagnosing anxiety, as it does not address the full criteria of any anxiety disorder.

It takes about 5 minutes to complete and is available at:


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