Social Phobia (Social Anxiety) 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.

Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale for Children and Adolescents (LSAS-CA)
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The LSAS-CA is a version of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) with questions designed for children older than age 7. This tool is a 24-item scale that can be completed in 10-20 minutes. The LSAS-CA focuses on activities in the school setting. The LSAS-CA rates: total fear, fear of social interaction, fear of performance, total avoidance, avoidance of social interaction and avoidance of performance.

The original LSAS is available at:  Scroll down to Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS)

Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children (SPAI-C)

The SPAI-C assesses childhood social phobia in children ages 8-14. It contains 26 items assessing physical complaints as well as cognitive and behavioral symptoms of social phobia. It is useful for screening, treatment planning, evaluating and detecting social fears related to poor school performance, oppositional behavior, or truancy. A child or adolescent can complete this inventory in 20-30 minutes.

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