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Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) Child version
Availability
The instrument is available from the University of Pittsburgh Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services: Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders
Classification
Supplemental: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 
Exploratory: Sport-Related Concussion (SRC) Subacute (after 72 hours to 3 months);  Sport-Related Concussion (SRC) Persistent/Chronic (3 months and greater post concussion)
Short Description of Instrument
The Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) is a child and parent self-report measure used to screen for anxiety disorders and symptoms related to school phobias. The measure has 41 items and 5 factors that parallel the DSM-IV classifications of anxiety disorders.
 
The test is appropriate for ages 8-18 and is completed by parent or child in approximately 10 minutes via paper and pencil. Results can be interpreted by trained clinicians and psychiatrists.
 
Sport-Related Concussion Specific:
 
Advantages: Has a history of use in childhood anxiety
 
Limitations: No use in TBI or mild TBI or sport concussion
Scoring
Symptom severity for each of 41 items is rated using a 0 to 2-point rating scale, where 0= not true or hardly ever true, 1= sometimes true and 2= true or often true. Total anxiety is the sum of all the items (maximum score of 82). The cut-off for discriminating anxious and non-anxious children is 25 on the child self-report form.
References
Birmaher B, Brent DA, Chiappetta L, Bridge J, Monga S, Baugher M. Psychometric properties of the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED): a replication study. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1999;38(10):1230–1236.
 
Birmaher B, Khetarpal S, Brent D, Cully M, Balach L, Kaufman J, Neer SM. The Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED): scale construction and psychometric characteristics. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1997;36(4):545–553.
 
Hale WW 3rd, Raaijmakers Q, Muris P, Meeus W. Psychometric properties of the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) in the general adolescent population. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2005;44(3):283–290.
 
Monga S, Birmaher B, Chiappetta L, Brent D, Kaufman J, Bridge J, Cully M. Screen for Child Anxiety-Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED):  convergent and divergent validity. Depress Anxiety. 2000;12(2):85–91.
 
Su L, Wang K, Fan F, Su Y, Gao X. Reliability and validity of the screen for child anxiety related emotional disorders (SCARED) in Chinese children. J Anxiety Disord. 2008;22(4):612–621.
 
Weitkamp K, Romer G, Rosenthal S, Wiegand-Grefe S, Daniels J. German Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED): Reliability, Validity, and Cross-Informant Agreement in a Clinical Sample. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health. 2010;4:19.
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