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

The SCARED tool has been reviewed and assessed by the Socialsuite team. In our opinion this tool is suitable in supporting the evaluation of children and young people to assist in the measurement of anxiety disorders.

This tool was created by a group of researchers at University of Pittsburgh and is typically free to use for not-for-profit organizations.