The Child & Adolescent Symptom Inventory-5 (CASI-5), which is DSM-5-referenced, is now available

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Comprehensive Rating Scales for ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, Autism, and other DSM-5 Disorders in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

The Child Symptom Inventories are a series of parent and teacher checklists developed for three age groups (3 to 5, 5 to 12, and 12 to 18 years) to  evaluate the most prevalent DSM-5 emotional and behavioral disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). There are also Symptom Inventories for adults.

The checklists are used by qualified professionals in mental health (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers), education (school psychologists, special education  personnel), and medical (pediatricians, neurologists) settings involved in the evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems.  The Symptom Inventories were developed by Drs. Kenneth D. Gadow and Joyce Sprafkin who are faculty members in a university medical center and have extensive research credentials


1. Triage

Making referrals.
Assigning cases to appropriate clinicians.

4. Quality Assurance

Documenting presence of symptoms to justify diagnoses.
Documenting improvement in symptoms as a function of treatment.


2. Diagnostic Assessment

Guiding clinical interview.
Saving interview time without compromising completeness.
Obtaining observations from multiple informants (school, etc.).
Highlighting relevant differential diagnosis decisions.
Identifying comorbid conditions.


5. Outcome Evaluations

Determining changes in symptom status over time (monitor clinical progress).
Comparing symptom severity with normative standards (behavioral normalization).


3. Treatment Plan Documentation

Specifying target symptoms.
Assessing response to treatment (% decrease in symptoms).
Comparing symptom severity with normative standards.

6. Conducting Clinical Research

Selecting subjects for inclusion in clinical trials.
Measuring response to intervention.
Monitoring outcomes in follow-up assessments.



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