Evidence based assessment/What Questionnaire Should I Use?

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This page lists options for assessment, with an emphasis on the best performing free measures, with evidence of reliability and validity across a range of samples. They are sorted by narrow, disorder-specific measures and broadband, general measures.

By disorder[edit]

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
ADHD Rating Scale

(ADHDRS)

5-17 5 Yes Yes 
Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Scale

(VADRS)

6-12 N/A Yes Yes

Anxiety[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) 17+ 5-10 Yes Yes
The Clinically Useful Anxiety Outcome Scale (CUXOS) 18+ 1.5
Fear Questionnaire (FQ) 18+
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Screener (GAD-7) 18+
Hamilton Rating Scale for Anxiety (HAM-A) 18+
Leibowitz Social Anxiety Scale Clinician-Report (LSAS) 18+
Panic Disorder Severity Scale (PDSS) 18+
Penn State Worry Questionnaire for Children (PSWQ-C)

PDFs of the PSWQ

6-18
Revised Children's Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS)

PDFs for RCADS

Subscales

Translations

User Guide

6-18
Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)

PDFs of SCARED

8-18 10 Yes Yes
Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) 18+
Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS) 7-19
Worry and Anxiety Questionnaire (WAQ)
  • WAQ homepage
  • PDF
18+

Autism[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) 5-12 10-15 Yes Yes

Bipolar disorder[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale (ASRM) 18+
Bech-Rafaelson Mania Scale (MAS) 18+
Child Mania Rating Scale (CMRS) 9-17 N/A Yes Yes
General Behavior Inventory (GBI) N/A N/A Yes Yes
Hypomania Checklist (HCL-32) 18+ 20 Yes Yes
Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) Varies 5-10 Yes Yes
Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS)
  • YMRS (caregiver version)
5-17 15-30 Yes Yes

Depression[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-DS) 18+ Yes Yes
The Clinically Useful Depression Outcome Scale 18+
Depression Self Rating Scale for Children (DSRSC) 8-14
Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) 18+
The Inventory of Depressive Symptoms and the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptoms (IDS and QIDS) 18+
Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) 18+ 5-10 Yes Yes
Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) 18+

Disruptive behaviors[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Child and Adolescent Disruptive Behavior Inventory (CADBI) N/A

Eating disorders[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Child Eating Attitudes Test (ChEAT) 8-13 5
Eating Attitudes Test (EAT) 16-18 Yes Yes
Eating Disorders Diagnostic Scale (EDDS) 18+
Sick, Control, One, Fat, Food Screening Tool (SCOFF) 18+
Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) 18+
  • 20min (EDE-Q and EDE-A)
  • 5 min (EDE-Q-S )
Eating Questionnaire (Fairburn & Beglin, 2008)
  • EQ (self-report)
18+
Clinical Impairment Questionnaire (CIA 3.0) 18+

Overall mental health[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Brief Problem Checklist (BPC)
  • BPC (self report and parent report)
7-13
National Institutes of Health Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) 18+
The Ohio Scales
5-18
Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) 18+
Peabody Treatment Progress Battery (PTPB) 11-18
Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) 3-18
Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) 18+
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) 3-16
Youth Top Problems (YTP) 7-13

OCD[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) 6-17 years Yes Yes

Personality disorders[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Borderline Evaluation of Severity over Time (BEST) 18+

PTSD/trauma[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS) 8-18 10-20 Yes Yes
Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) 18+
Los Angeles Symptom Checklist (LASC) 18+
Pediatric Emotional Distress Scale (PEDS)
  • Website to request the PEDS
2-10
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL-C) 18+
The Trauma History Screen (THS) 18+
The Trauma History Questionnaire (THQ) 18+
UCLA Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Reaction Index Varies Yes Yes

Sleep[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) N/A 5-10 Yes Yes
Stanford Sleepiness Scale (SSS) N/A 1-2 Yes n/a (SSS has one question)

Substance use[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) Yes Yes
CRAFFT Screening Test Clinician report version Yes Yes
CAGE Questionnaire 1-2 Yes n/a (CAGE has four questions)

Suicide[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Suicide Behavior Questionnaire-Revised 13-18 years Yes Yes
Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) 12+ years Yes Yes

Tic disorders[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Age Minutes General information Scoring information
Yale Global Tic Severity Scale Yes Yes

Diagnostic interviews[edit]

Instrument Where to obtain Ages To read more Scoring information Number of items
Child and Adolescent Symptom Inventory

(CASI)

5-18 years Yes N/A N/A
Kiddie Schedule of Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia

(K-SADS)

6-18 years Yes N/A N/A

Resources to use to build page[edit]

Category:Psychological measures

More info[edit]

Links to read more can be here - link to researcher landing site.