Screen for anxiety with our new SCARED and SCAARED self-administered questionnaires

Published on October 1, 2021

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Anxiety can be a detrimental condition for children and adults alike, with wide-ranging effects on quality of life. Anxiety disorders are prevalent in children and adults, but are often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Fortunately, there are several well-researched assessments that can help practitioners determine when a client is vulnerable to anxiety disorders, so they can get the help they need. 

We are excited to announce the addition of three new self-administered questionnaires to our template directory: 

SCARED is a self-reported assessment widely used to assess childhood anxiety based on parent and child reporting. SCAARED is a self-reported assessment adapted from the SCARED assessment to assess adult anxiety. 

Hushmail has digitized both of these assessments, so they deliver a score upon completion to the practitioner.

SCARED

Hushmail’s version of the SCARED assessment actually consists of two assessments. One is to be completed by the child. The other is to be completed by the parent. 

What SCARED assesses

SCARED consists of 41 items that measure the presence of five factors that parallel the DSM-IV classification of anxiety disorders: panic disorder or significant somatic symptoms, separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobic disorder, and significant school avoidance.

The individual being assessed is asked to qualify statements such as “My child is afraid to be alone in the house” and “When I get frightened, I feel dizzy” as not true or hardly ever true; somewhat true or sometimes true; or very true or often true. 

When to use SCARED

SCARED is to be taken by children (and parents of children) ages 8-18 years. It should be taken separately by the child and parent. However, younger age children may need assistance understanding the questions. The assessment may be taken in the comfort of the individual’s home and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Scoring

Hushmail’s version of SCARED delivers a score to the practitioner upon completion. The respondents themselves do not see the score unless the practitioner shows it to them.  An overall score of 25 or above may indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder. High scores on certain questions may also indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder in one of the five areas listed above.

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SCAARED

The SCAARED assessment is adapted from the SCARED assessment for children to assess adult anxiety. 

What SCAARED assesses

SCAARED consists of 44 items that measure the presence of four factors that parallel the DSM-IV classification of anxiety disorders: panic disorder or significant somatic symptoms, separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social phobic disorder.

The individual being assessed is asked to qualify statements such as “It is hard for me to stop worrying” and “People tell me that I look nervous” as not true or hardly ever true; somewhat true or sometimes true; or very true or often true.

When to use SCAARED

SCAARED is intended for adults and may be taken in the comfort of their own home. Like, SCARED, it takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Scoring

As with SCARED, Hushmail’s version of SCAARED delivers a score to the practitioner upon completion. The respondents themselves do not see the score unless the practitioner shows it to them. An overall score of 25 or above may indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder. High scores on certain questions may also indicate the presence of one or more of the four factors listed above.

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How to start using SCARED and SCAARED

You can find SCARED and SCAARED in the healthcare templates section of your form builder. Please keep in mind that using any of our templates counts toward the maximum number of forms allowed on your plan. If you don’t have a Hushmail account, sign up for Hushmail for Healthcare so you can use our encrypted email and web forms.

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SCARED is a self-reported assessment widely used to assess childhood anxiety based on parent and child reporting. SCAARED is a self-reported assessment adapted from the SCARED assessment to assess adult anxiety. Hushmail has digitized both of these assessments, so they deliver a score upon completion to the practitioner.

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