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Please read Before You Begin to learn about the purpose and scope of the screening tools and rating scales provided below.

How to Use the Table

The screening tools and rating scales in the table below can be used to help measure a young person’s mental health symptoms, and/or measure progress after interventions are put in place at school or at home.

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

To help you decide whether a screening tool or rating scale might be appropriate to use with respect to a particular child, you can click on the DETAIL link next to the tool or scale. The DETAIL pages give more detailed information about the tool or scale, including a color-coded summary of who the instrument is designed for (i.e., parents, teachers, students, and/or clinicians). The DETAIL pages also provide direct links to view, download, or order the tools and scales. The DETAIL pages are organized by symptom, so, for example all the screening tools and scales for anxiety are on the anxiety DETAIL page.

Cautions

Please keep in mind the following cautions:

  • Use of the screening tools and rating scales does not produce a diagnosis. Rather, the tools and scales point toward the types of mental health disorders that may be worthwhile to consider as a cause of a child’s or adolescent’s emotional or behavioral difficulties.
  • A particular “score” does not mean that a child has a particular disorder – these screening tools and rating scales 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 All Screening Tools & Rating Scales

Anxiety Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS)  DETAIL 2.5-6.5
8-12
Parent: 35-45 Student: 34-45 5-10
YES
Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS-2)  DETAIL 6-19 Student: 37 10
  
Depression and Anxiety in Youth Scale (DAYS)  DETAIL 6-19 Parent: 45
Teacher: 30
Student: 40
10
5-10
15-20
  
Beck Anxiety Inventory for Youth (BYI)   DETAIL

Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)   DETAIL
7-14

7+
Student: 20
Parent, Student, Clinician: 21
5-10
YES
Self-Report for Childhood Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED)   DETAIL 8+ Parent, Student: 41 5
YES
Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC)   DETAIL 8-19 Student: 39
(Short Version: 10)
15
5
  
State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC)   DETAIL 9-12 Clinician: 40 10-20
  
Endler Multidimensional Anxiety Scales (EMAS)   DETAIL 12-17 Student: 25
  
Anxiety Disorders in Children: A Test for Parents   DETAIL 12-17 Parent: 15 5
YES
Anxiety Disorders in Adolescents: A Self-Test  DETAIL 12-17 Student: 18 5
YES

 

Social Anxiety Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale-Child Adolescent version (LSAS-CA) DETAIL 7+ Parent, Student, Clinician: 24 10-20 YES
Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory for Children (SPAI-C) DETAIL 8-14 Student: 26 20-30  

 

Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS) DETAIL


Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS) DETAIL
6-14




14+
Clinician:
approx. 40, versions vary


Clinician:
approx. 20,
versions vary
40 YES
 
Depression Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Weinberg Depression Scale for Children and Adolescents (WDSCA)   DETAIL 5-21

7-17
Student: 56 3-5 YES
Children's Depression Rating Scale-Revised (CDRS-R) DETAIL 6-12 & adol Clinician: 17 15-20  
Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale Modified for Children (CES-DC) DETAIL 6-17 Student: 20 5 YES
Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (Kiddie-SADS) DETAIL 6-18 Clinician 90-120 YES
Children's Depression Scale (CDS)-3rd Ed. DETAIL 7-18 Parent, Student: 50
Teacher/Clinician: 10
20-50
10
 
Child Depression Inventory (CDI) DETAIL 7-17 Parent: 17
Teacher: 12
Student: 27
(Student Short-Form: 10)
10
10
15
5
 
Beck Depression Inventory for Youth (BDI-Y) DETAIL

Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) DETAIL
7-14

13+
Student: 20

Student: 21
5-10  
Reynolds Child/Adolescent Depression Scales-RCDS (Child) & RADS-2 (Adolescent) DETAIL RCDS: 8-12

RADS-2: 11-20
Student: 30 10  
Multiscore Depression Inventory for Adolescents and Adults (MDI) DETAIL

Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children (MDI-C) DETAIL
13+

8-12
Adolescent: 118
Short Version: 47 Child: 79
20  
Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ) DETAIL 13-18 Parent, Teacher: 33/13 (long/short)

Student: 34/13 (long/short)
5-10 YES
 
Bipolar Disorder/Mania Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS) DETAIL

Parent Version of the Young Mania Rating Scale (P-YMRS) DETAIL
5-17 Clinician: 11
Parent, Teacher: 11
15-30

5
YES
General Behavior Inventory (GBI) DETAIL

Parent Version, General Behavior Inventory (P-GBI) DETAIL
11+

5-17
Student: 73
Parent:
 
YES
Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (Kiddie-SADS) DETAIL 6-18 Clinician 90-120
YES
Weinberg Screening Affective Scale (WSAS) DETAIL 7-17 Student: 56 5
YES
Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) DETAIL 12+ Student: 15 5-10
YES
 
Suicide Risk Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire (SIQ) DETAIL 13-18 Student: 15-30 10  
 
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Attention Deficit Disorders Evaluation Scale (ADDES-3) DETAIL 4-18 Parent: 46
Teacher: 60
12
15
 
ADHD Rating Scale-IV (ADHD-IV) DETAIL 5-17 Parent, Teacher, Clinician: 18 10-20
 
ADHD Rating Scale DETAIL 6-12 Parent, Teacher, Clinician, Student: 18 10-15
YES
Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale DETAIL

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Teacher Rating Scale DETAIL
6-12 Parent: 55

Teacher: 43
10
YES
SNAP-IV Rating Scale - Revised (SNAP-IV-R) DETAIL 6-18 Parent, Teacher: 90 10
 
ADD-H: Comprehensive Teacher's Rating Scale: Parent Form (ACTeRS) DETAIL 6-14 Parent: 24 5-10
 
ADHD Comprehensive Teacher Rating Scale (ACTeRS) DETAIL 6-14 Teacher: 24 5-10
 
 
Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Autism Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT) DETAIL 1.5 Parent: 9
Clinician: 5
5
YES
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) DETAIL 16-30 months Parent: 23 5-10
YES
Autism Screening Instrument for Educational Planning (ASIEP-3) DETAIL 1.5+ Clinician: 5 subtests 90-120
 
Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) DETAIL 2+ Clinician: 93 90-150
 
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedules (ADOS) DETAIL 2+ Clinician: 4 modules 35-40 min/module
 
Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) DETAIL 2+ Clinician: 15  
 
Autism Behavior Checklist (ABC) DETAIL 3+ Parent, Teacher: 57  
 
Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS-2) DETAIL 3-22 Parent, Teacher, Clinician: 56 5-10
YES
Autism Research Institute's Form E-2 Checklist DETAIL 3-5 Parent: 109 15-20
YES
Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) DETAIL 4+ Parent: 40 10
 
Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC): Internet Scoring Program DETAIL 5-12 Parent, Clinician: 77 10-15
YES
PDD Assessment Scale (PDDAS) DETAIL 6-12 Parent: 15 5-10
YES
 
Asperger's Disorder Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Gilliam Asperger's Disorder Scale (GADS) DETAIL 3-22 Clinician: 32 10
 
Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test (CAST) DETAIL 4-11 Parent: 38  
YES
Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale (ASDS) DETAIL 5-18 Clinician: 50 10-15
 
Krug Asperger's Disorder Index (KADI) DETAIL 6-22 Clinician: 32 15-20
 
Australian Scale for Asperger's Syndrome DETAIL 6-12 Clinician: 25 5-10
YES
 
Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Children's Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Scale (C-NLD) DETAIL 5-18 Parent: 15 5-10
YES
 
Disruptive Behavior Symptoms
Screening Tool / Rating Scale For Ages (Years)

Who Completes Checklist: Number of Items

Time to Complete (Minutes) View Free Online?
Conduct Disorder Scale (CDS) DETAIL 5-22 Student: 40 5-10
 
Adjustment Scales for Children and Adolescents (ASCA) DETAIL 5-17 Teacher: 156 10-20
 
Social Skills Rating System (SSRS) DETAIL 8-18 Parent, Teacher, Student: 39-49 10-25
 
Reynolds Adolescent Adjustment Screening Inventory (RAASI) DETAIL 12-19 Student: 32 5
 
 
 
 
   
 
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