Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale (SCAS) – Parent Version

1. My child worries about things
2. My child is scared of the dark
3. When my child has a problem‚ s(he) complains of  ha‎ving a funny feeling in his / her stomach
4. My child complains of feeling afraid
5. My child would feel afraid of being on his/her own at home
6. My child is scared when s(he) has to take a test
7. My child is afraid when (s)he has to use public toilets or bathrooms
8. My child worries about being away from us / me
9. My child feels afraid that (s)he will make a fool of him/herself  in front of people
10. My child worries that (s)he will do badly at school
11. My child worries that something awful will happen to  someone in our family
12. My child complains of suddenly feeling as if (s)he can’t breathe  when there is no reason for this
13. My child has to keep checking that (s)he has done things right (like the switch is off‚ or the door is locked)
14. My child is scared if (s)he has to sleep on his/her own
15. My child has trouble going to school in the mornings because (s)he feels nervous or afraid
16. My child is scared of dogs
17. My child can’t seem to get bad or silly thoughts out of his / her head
18. When my child has a problem‚ s(he) complains of  his/her heart beating really fast
19. My child suddenly starts to tremble or shake when there is no reason for this
20. My child worries that something bad will happen to him/her
21. My child is scared of going to the doctor or dentist
22. When my child has a problem‚ (s)he feels shaky
23. My child is scared of heights (eg. being at the top of a cliff)
24. My child has to think special thoughts (like numbers or words) to stop bad things from happening
25. My child feels scared if (s)he has to travel in the car‚ or on a bus or train
26. My child worries what other people think of him/her
27. My child is afraid of being in crowded places (like shopping centres‚ the movies‚ buses‚ busy playgrounds)
28.  All of a sudden my child feels really scared for no reason at all
29. My child is scared of insects or spiders
30. My child complains of suddenly becoming dizzy or faint when there is no reason for this
31. My child feels afraid when (s)he has to talk in front of the class
32. My child’s complains of his / her heart suddenly starting to beat too quickly for no reason
33. My child worries that (s)he will suddenly get a scared feeling when there is nothing to be afraid of
34. My child is afraid of being in small closed places‚ like tunnels or small rooms
35. My child has to do some things over and over again (like washing  his / her hands‚ cleaning or putting things in a certain order)
36. My child gets bothered by bad or silly thoughts or pictures in his/her head
37. My child has to do certain things in just the right way to stop  bad things from happening
38. My child would feel scared if (s)he had to stay away from home overnight
39. Is there anything else that your child is really afraid of? …..…………..…. YES‚ NO
 Please write down what it is‚ and fill out how often (s)he is afraid of this thing:
40. ….
41. …..
42. …..
 
 
Panic attack and agoraphobia‚ Separation anxiety‚ Physical injury fears‚ Social phobia‚ obsessive compulsive disorder and Generalized anxiety disorder / overanxious disorder
 
 
This instrument can be found at: http://www.scaswebsite.com/1_1_.html
 
0=Never‚ 1=Sometimes‚ 2=Often‚ 3=Always
Panic attack and agoraphobia 12 +19 +25 +27 +28 +30 +32 +33 +34‚ Separation anxiety 5 +8 +11 +14 +15 +38‚ Physical injury fears 2 +16 +21 +23 +29‚ Social phobia 6 +7 +9 +10 +26 +31‚ Obsessive compulsive 13 +17 +24 +35 +36 +37‚ Generalized anxiety disorder / overanxious disorder 1 +3 +4 +18 +20 +22
 
 

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