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Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED)

Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED)

Author: Birmaher et al., 1997

The SCARED is a 41-item self- and parent-report measure designed to screen for common anxiety disorders in youths ages 6-18. The SCARED can be used as a screening tool (Monga et al., 2000) and to monitor symptom changes over time (Muris, Mayer, Bartelds, Tierney, & Bogie 2001). The SCARED assesses symptoms associated with PD, GAD, SAD, social phobia, and school refusal. Sample items include, “When I get frightened, I feel like passing out” and “I worry about being as good as other kids.” Each item is rated on a 3-point Likert scale ranging from zero (“Not True or Hardly Ever True”) to two (“True or Often True”). This measure was designed to be administered in ten minutes. A total score of 25 on the youth SCARED is recommended as the best cut-off point to discriminate between youths suffering from anxiety and those who do not. The SCARED shows adequate test-retest reliability over a period of five weeks (r = .70-.90) and adequate to good internal consistency (α = .74-.90; Birmaher et al., 1997). Additionally, the SCARED shows discriminant validity between youths with anxiety disorders and other disorders (Birmaher et al., 1999).

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