Resources & Training

Measures and Assessment Tools

We believe that it is important for community agencies to have access to valid and reliable measures that they can use for research, clinical assessment, and program evaluation. Valid and reliable measures are critical to ensure that the information required to address the needs of children and families most effectively is made available. Below are some publicly available measures that ASU REACH Institute Scientists have used to assess child and family outcomes that you might find useful. We will continue to gather information about the best available measures to assess domains related to child and family processes and make these measures available to you on our website. 

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire is a measure that can be used to assess children’s emotional symptoms, behavior problems, and difficulties with peers.

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The CES-D Scale: A Self-Report Depression Scale (a.k.a. Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale)

The CES-D, developed by Radloff (1977) and revised by Eaton and colleagues (2004), is a brief self-report measure. The CESD-R is comprised of 20 items that measure symptoms of depression. 

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The Patterns of Adaptive Learning Scales (PALS)

The Patterns of Adaptive Learning Scales include a range of student and teacher questionnaires to assess the relationship between students’ motivation, affect, and behavior and their learning environment.

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Parent Sources of Monitoring Knowledge

Parental monitoring of children’s activities is strongly associated with numerous child outcomes, such as delinquency. Stattin and Kerr (2000) found that child disclosure is an especially important source of information. In their paper, they present all the items they used to measure parental monitoring, child disclosure, parental solicitation, parental control, youth norm-breaking, and parent-child relationships.

Stattin, H., & Kerr, M. (2000). Parental monitoring: A reinterpretation. Child development, 71(4), 1072-1085.

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The Early Adolescent Temperament Questionnaire (EATQ-R)

The Early Adolescent Temperament Questionnaire-Revised can be completed by the youth or parent informant. In addition to assessing temperament and self-regulation in youth aged 9-15, it also includes measures of social-emotional functioning.

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For more repositories of relevant measures, we encourage you to visit the following websites: