Mental Health Assessment Tools

Contributed by Christy Gauss, MSW, Natalie Bengert, BS, and Josie Kincaid, BS

Indiana School Mental Health Initiative


Below is a list of mental health assessments that can be used in educational settings and beyond. This list does not represent an endorsement of any one tool and is not inclusive of all possible tools. This list is simply to assist others in accessing a range of options related to school climate, trauma, anxiety and other relevant topics.

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Substance Use

CAGE Screen

CRAFFT 2.0

ED School Climate Survey (EDSCLS)

Depression/Mood

Children’s Depression Inventory 2 (CDI 2)

Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for Children (CSE-DC)

Child Mania Rating Scale, Parent (CMRS-P)

Parent-Young Mania Rating Scale (P-YMRS)

Patients Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9)

Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)

Revised Child Anxiety Depression Scale (RCADS)

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS)

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Rating Scale

Brief Problem Checklist (BPC)


School Climate

Conditions for Learning (CFL)

Delaware School Climate Survey

ED School Climate Survey (EDSCLS)

School Academic Optimism Scale (SAOS)

School Climate Measure


Trauma

Foa's Child PTSD Symptom Scale (CPSS)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder- 7 (GAD-7)

Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS)

Traumatic Events Screening/Diagnostic Inventory (TESI)


Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety Disorder- 7 (GAD-7)

Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)

Penn State Worry Questionnaire for Children (PSWQ-C)

Revised Child Anxiety Depression Scale (RCADS)

Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS)

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS)

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Rating Scale

Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC 2)

Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS 2)

Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory (SPAI)

Brief Problem Checklist (BPC)


Academic

Identification with School Questionnaire (ISQ)

School Burnout Inventory (SBI)

School Academic Optimism Scale (SAOS)

Student Engagement Instrument (SEI)

Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS)

School Climate Measure


Disruptive Behavior

Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS)

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Rating Scale

Brief Problem Checklist (BPC)


Global Functioning

Delaware School Climate Survey

ED School Climate Survey (EDSCLS)

Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

Youth Top Problems (YTP)


Inattention

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Rating Scale

Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)


Social Skills

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS)

Student's Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS)

Two Item Conjoint Screen (TICS)

Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Rating Scale

School Climate Measure


Internal and External Behavior Patterns

SRSS-IE (Student Risk Screening Scale with Internalizing Behaviors)

Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BASC-2; BESS)

Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders (SSBD; Walker & Severson, 1990)


Adaptive Skills

Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BASC-2; BESS)


Personal Resiliency

Resiliency Scales for Children and Adolescents (RSCA)


Emotional and Social Development

The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA)

Emotional Quotient Inventory: Youth Version

Profile of Mood States Second Edition (POMS 2)

Family Assessment Measure- III (FAM-III)


Life Satisfaction

Student's Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS)


Personality and Psychopathology

Anger Regulation and Expression Scales (ARES)

Anger Disorder Scale


Autism

Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC)


Eating

Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26)