ChildrenEarly ChildhoodFamily ServicesMental DisordersParentingRelationshipsSupport ServicesToolsYouthScreen for Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) – Parent Report

Author(s): Boris Birmaher, M.D., Suneeta Khetarpal, M.D., Marlane Cully, M.Ed., David Brent, M.D., and Sandra McKenzie, Ph.D.,
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh

Collection Method: Self-report questionnaire completed by parents

Scoring Method: Uses a scale with ratings 0-2; (0) Not true or Hardly ever true; (1) Somewhat true or Sometimes true; (2) Very true or Often true. The scores are summed up and different scores indicate presence of an anxiety disorder for the child

Number of questions: 41

Price: Free

Key Points:

  • The tool was designed to assess whether children aged 8-18 years might be suffering from an anxiety disorder as reported by their parent
  • Questions are reflective of the DSM-IV criteria for childhood anxiety disorders, but this tool should not be used to provide a definitive diagnosis
  • Should ONLY be used by trained practitioners