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Scales for Mania

Scales for Mania

Parent Report Version of the Young Mania Rating Scale (P-YMRS)

Authors: Gracious, Holmes, Ruppar, Burke, & Hurt, 1994

Based on the adult mania measure, the Young Mania Rating Scale), the P-YMRS is an 11-item parent-report measure assessing manic symptoms in youths ages 5-17. It can be used as a screening tool and is not intended for diagnosis of mania - if a subject scores high, clinicians are encouraged to use a more thorough assessment

Scoring Four of the P-YMRS items are rated on a zero to eight scale, with the remaining seven being rated on a zero to four scale.

This measure can be administered in 10-20 minutes.. The P-YMRS demonstrates adequate internal consistency (α = .72; ). In addition, it demonstrates discriminant validity in distinguishing youth with bipolar mood disorder from those with unipolar mood disorder and disruptive behavior disorders (e.g., ADHD). However, the P-YMRS cannot differentiate between patients with Bipolar I and Bipolar II . The measure is available online (


Gracious, B., Youngstrom, E., Findling, R., & Calabrese, J. (2002). Discriminative validity of a parent version of the Young Mania Rating Scale. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41 11, 1350-9.

Gracious et al., 2002

Young, Biggs, Ziegler, & Meyer, 1978"A rating scale for mania: Reliability, validity and ...."


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