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 Environment friendly measures. We are gradually switching our rating scales from colored paper to white paper. This will not only save money but is also better for the environment. As usual, the printer inks we use are environment friendly.

 Impairment questions. In order to enhance the clinical utility of our measures, we added Impairment Questions to our rating scales. At the end of each Symptom Category, informants are asked to what extent the symptoms of the disorder impair academic or social functioning. This addition does not affect either Symptom Count or Symptom Severity scoring procedures, but it helps the clinician to better determine a diagnosis.

 IMPORTANT: For customers using our current computer scoring programs, answers to the Impairment questions are not entered into the scoring program. To make data entry easier, the Impairment Questions are separated from the rest of the items with a heavy black line. In addition, the letter “I” [for “Impairment”]) appears in the right-hand margin next to answer for the Impairment Question.

New Products

CHILD & ADOLESCENT SYMPTOM INVENTORY-5 

The Child & Adolescent Symptom Inventory-5 (CASI-5) is a behavior rating scale for DSM-5-defined emotional and behavioral disorders in youths between 5 and 18 years old. There is a parent (173 items) and teacher (125 items) version of the CASI-5. The CASI-5 includes all of the items from both the previously published Child Symptom Inventory-4 (CSI-4) and the Adolescent Symptom Inventory-4 (ASI-4) in a single measure. Furthermore, each symptom category includes an Impairment question. The CASI-5 replaces the CASI-4R. The fifth revision to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013 resulted in the addition of a few new disorders and in some cases changes in symptoms, names of disorders, or minor alterations in “scoring rules.” Many of these changes are reflected in the CASI-5. Because so many clinicians and researchers are currently using the CASI-4R and some of the DSM-5 revisions are controversial or lack extensive research support, the CASI-5 includes all the original CASI-4R items (with their respective item numbers) to ensure a seamless transition from the CASI-4R to the CASI-5. The norms and T scores are based on the CSI-4 and ASI-4.


CHILD & ADOLESCENT SYMPTOM INVENTORY-PROGRESS MONITOR (CASI-PM)

The Child & Adolescent Symptom Inventory-Progress Monitor (CASI-PM) is a brief behavior rating scale for DSM-IV-defined emotional and behavioral disorders in youths between 3 and 18 years old. It was developed to monitor the progress over time and to assess changes in symptoms as a function of intervention. The CASI-PM contains a subset of the common items from the previously published Early Childhood Inventory (ECI-4), Child Symptom Inventory-4 (CSI-4), and Adolescent Symptom Inventory-4 (ASI-4), which makes it an ideal progress monitor for qualified professionals who use these diagnostic measures. The CASI-PM also inquires about functional impairment (i.e., the degree to which the endorsed problems interfere with the youth’s social or academic functioning). There are both parent (29 items) and teacher (30 items) versions of the CASI-PM, which are highly similar.

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