Below are a number of assessment measures that have been identified as being useful to therapists around a variety of issues.

You may also download a copy of the full Assessment Measures list for reference.

 

 

GENERAL DISTRESS MEASURES

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Depression Anxiety Stress Scales 21 (DASS21) with suicide items By Lovibond & Lovibond, 1995. Measure with three scales: depression, anxiety, and stress. Good weekly measure of psychological symptoms. Brief, easy for clients to complete (5-10 minutes).

Note: The last two items on this measure were added with the permission of Lovibond & Lovibond to screen briefly for suicidal ideation on a consistent basis. They are not included in the scoring of the DASS scales and have not to date been scientifically validated but may be clinically useful. Interpretation: Add the scores for each scale.Depression: 0-4 (normal), 5-6 (mild), 7-10 (moderate), 11-13 (severe), > 14 (extremely severe). The DASS manual and other information is available from the DASS website at www.psy.unsw.edu.au/dass (go to the link for the DASS on the menu to the left).
DASS Excel Scoring Program and Scoring Properties
Revised Children's Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS) By Chorpita, B., 2006. 47-item self-report questionnaire provides T-scores for Separation Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Panic, Social Phobia, Obsessions/Compulsions and Depression for children 3-12. Visit http://www.childfirst.ucla.edu/resources.html for more information about evidence-based practices for youth. RCADS Scoring Program (excel graphing program with dummy data to illustrate) and Chinese RCADS
Brief Symptom Inventory Brief Symptom Inventory
Trimodal Anxiety Questionnaire (TAQ)
Anxiety Control Questionnaire (ACQ)
MASQ
PANAS

ANXIETY DISORDERS (ADULT AND CHILDREN)

Topic Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Agoraphobia Mobility Inventory for Agoraphobia (MI)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder/Worry Penn State Worry Questionnaire for Children (PSWQ-C) By Chorpita et al., 1997. The PSWQ-C is a 14-item self-report questionnaire designed to assess worry in children and adolescents aged seven to seventeen. English PSWQ-C and PSWQ-C Korean PSWQ-C Description and Scoring Instructions
Generalized Anxiety Disorder/Worry Why Worry Scale II (WW-II)
Panic Disorder ASI-R
Social Anxiety SPIN
Social Anxiety Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (SIAS) in combination with Social Phobia Scale (SPS)

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Borderline Symptom List - 23 (BSL-23) By Bohus, et al, 2008. The BSL is composed of 23 Items that are rated by using a 5-step Likert scale (0=not at all, 4=very strong). A visual analog scale is used to assess global well-being. You can also visit this site - http://www.zi-mannheim.de/behandlung/klinik-psychosomatik.html - for upcoming versions in other languages and more extensive references. English BSL-23 German BSL-23 Italian BSL-23 Spanish BSL-23 Dutch BSL-23 BSL score and graph - excel program with dummy data to illustrate Scoring Instructions Manual English Analysis Information English Psychometric Paper German Analysis Information
Borderline Symptoms List - 95 (BSL-95) The BSL is composed of 95 Items that are rated by using a 5-step Likert scale (0=not at all, 4=very strong). The newest BSL-Version contains 10 more Items. At the moment they are not used for the scoring, they just build the base for further development. For the current evaluation only Items 1-95 must be used. A visual analog scale is used to assess global well-being. English BSL-95 German BSL-95 Italian BSL-95 Dutch BSL-95 Scoring Instruction Manual Analysis Information
Borderline Evaluation of Severity over Time (BEST) By Bruce Pfohl, MD & Nancee Blum, MSW. A short user-friendly self-report measure of BPD symptoms that is divided into three sections: Thoughts/Feelings, Behaviors (Negative) and Behaviors (Positive). The first 12 items in the Thoughts/Feelings and Behaviors (Negative), each item is rated on a scale of none/slight, mild, moderate, severe, or extreme for the amount of difficulty it caused in requested time period. The last 3 items (positive behaviors) are rated on a scale of almost always, most of the time, half of the time, sometimes, or almost never. BEST

COGNITIVE PROCESSES

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire-B (ATQ-B) By Hollon, S. D. & Kendall, P. C., 1980). 30-item instrument that measures the frequency of automatic negative statements about the self. Interpretation: Items are rated on the frequency of occurrence from "not at all" to "all the time". Total scores are the sum of all 30 items. Items on each factor are: PMDC: 7, 10, 14, 20, 26; NSNE: 2, 3, 9, 21, 23, 24, 28; LSE: 17, 18; Helplessness: 29, 30. A high total score indicates a high level of automatic negative self-statements. ATQ-B ATQ-B Score and Graph (excel program includes 1 line of dummy data to illustrate)
MCQ-30, GADS-R and TCQ measures Meta-cognitions Questionnaire 30 (Wells & Cartwright-Hatton (1999), Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale (Revised)(Wells, 2007) and Thought Control Questionnaire (Wells & Davies)

Unfortunately these measures are protected by copyright by Guilford Publications as they appear in Wells' 2009 book Metacognitive Therapy for Anxiety and Depression. Limited copying and user rights are automatically granted to purchasers of the book but this is non-transferable. Therefore these measures cannot be posted for free use and dissemination here. However, Wells has permission to post them on the Metacognitive Therapy Institute website. They can be downloaded from this source for a small fee and this covers permission for personal use.

COMPASSION

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Self-compassion Scale (SCS) By Neff, K.D., 2003. 26-item self report. Six sub-scales: Self-Kindness, Self-Judgment, Common Humanity, Isolation Items, Mindfulness, Over-identified. Interpretation: Subscale scores are computed by calculating the mean of subscale item responses. To compute a total self-compassion score, reverse score the negative subscale items - self-judgment, isolation, and over-identification - then compute a total mean. Visit www.self-compassion.org to read more on the construct. SCS Psychometric Paper SCS score and graph (excel program, with dummy data to illustrate.)

COPING

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Comprehensive Coping Inventory (CCI) By Patricia E. Zurita Ona and Matthew McKay CCI CCI Summary in Word Format and CGI Summary in PDF Format

DIAGNOSTIC SCREENS AND INTERVIEWS

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) free, good option if you don't want to pay for SCID or ADIS

DEPRESSION

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) By Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke, and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. The PHQ-9 is the nine item depression scale of the Patient Health Questionnaire. The PHQ-9 is a tool for assisting primary care clinicians in diagnosing depression as well as selecting and monitoring treatment.
Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology -Self Report (QIDS-SR16) STAR*D - Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression - an NIMH Funded Study). This patient self-report is a 16 item assessment of the 9 DSM-IV symptom criteria of major depressive disorder. Patients rate items as not present, mild, moderate, or severe over the last 7 days. Scores range from 0 to 27 (0-5 = no depression, 6-10 = mild depression, 11-15 = moderate depression, 16-20 = severe depression, > 20 = very severe depression). English DownloadSpanish Download More Scoring Information
Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology - Clinician rated (QIDS-C16) (STAR*D - Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression - an NIMH Funded Study). This clinician rated report is a 16 item assessment of the 9 DSM-IV symptom criteria of major depressive disorder. Patients rate items as not present, mild, moderate, or severe over the last 7 days. Scores range from 0 to 27 (0-5 = no depression, 6-10 = mild depression, 11-15 = moderate depression, 16-20 = severe depression, > 20 = very severe depression). QIDS-C16 More Scoring Information
Frequency, Intensity, and Burden of Side Effects Rating (FIBSER) (STAR*D - Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression - an NIMH Funded Study). A patient self-report used to quantify the overall side effect burden. Used in combination with the PRISE. Rated for the last 7 days. Each item uses a 7-point Likert-type scale rated from 0 (i.e. no side effects) to 6 (i.e. intolerable). 3 global ratings encompass all side effects to study treatment experienced over the past week. One item rates frequency, another rating the intensity of side effects encountered in the prior week that the participant believes were due to the antidepressant treatment, and the third asks participants to estimate the overall burden or degree of interference in day-to-day activities and functioning due to the side effects. English DownloadSpanish Download
Patient Rated Inventory of Side Effects (PRISE) (STAR*D - Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression - an NIMH Funded Study). A patient self-report used to qualify side effects by identifying and evaluating the tolerability of each symptoms. Used in combination with the FIBSER. Rated for the last 7 days. 7 item assessment of the side effects in the following symptom domains; Gastrointestinal, Heart, Skin, Nervous System, Eyes/Ears, Genital/Urinary, Sleep, Sexual Functioning, and Other. Each domain has multiple symptoms which can be endorsed. For each domain the patient rates whether or not the symptoms are tolerable or distressing. English Download Spanish Download

DISSOCIATION

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES)

EATING DISORDERS/DISORDERED EATING

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Anorexia Nervosa Stages of Change Anorexia Nervosa Stages of Change
Eating Disorders Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) EDE-Q
Eating Disorders Quality of Life Scale Note: this scale requires permission from authors before using EDQLS
Diary Card by Lucene Wisniewski Diary Card

EMOTION REGULATION

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS) By Gratz, K.L. and Roemer, L., 2004. 36-item, self-report questionnaire of emotion dysregulation; total score six scales: 1. Nonacceptance of emotional responses (NONACCEPTANCE) 2. Difficulties engaging in goal directed behavior (GOALS) 3. Impulse control difficulties (IMPULSE) 4. Lack of emotional awareness (AWARENESS) 5. Limited access to emotion regulation strategies (STRATEGIES) 6. Lack of emotional clarity (CLARITY) DERS Psychometric Paper DERS score and graph (excel program includes dummy data to illustrate)

EXPERIENTIAL AVOIDANCE

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-2 (AAQ-2) Interpretation: Reverse items 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9. Sum scores. Higher scores indicate greater psychological flexibility. AAQ-2 AAQ-2 score and graph

INDECISION

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Frost Indecisiveness Scale (FIS)

MINDFULNESS

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Five Facets of Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) By Baer, R.A., Smith, G.T., Hopkins, J., Krietemeyer, J., Toney, L., 2006. 39-item self-report measures five component skills of mindfulness: observing, describing, acting with awareness, nonjudging of inner experience, and nonreactivity to inner experience. FFMQ Psychometric Paper FFMQ score and graph (excel program that has dummy data to illustrate)
Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) By Brown, K. W., & Ryan, R. M. , 2003. The MAAS is a 15-item scale designed to assess a core characteristic of dispositional mindfulness, namely, open or receptive awareness of and attention to what is taking place in the present. The scale shows strong psychometric properties and has been validated with college, community, and cancer patient samples. Correlational, quasi-experimental, and laboratory studies have shown that the MAAS taps a unique quality of consciousness that is related to, and predictive of, a variety of self-regulation and well-being constructs. The measure takes 10 minutes or less to complete. MAAS Psychometric Paper

PERFECTIONISM

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (FMPS)

SHAME

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Shame Inventory Rizvi, research version Shame Inventory
Shame Inventory Rizvi, clinical version Shame Inventory

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS) Mechanism informs how to tailor treatment based on reasons for use (e.g., sensation seeking, depressed) Informs tx in terms of how to tailor it.
The Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse & Addiction (CASAA) This is William Miller's site at the University of New Mexico Website
The Guided Self-Change Clinic This is a site developed by Mark and Linda Sobell. Website

VALUES

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Valued Living Questionnaire (VLQ) VLQ
Values Bull's Eye Self-report of how closely one acts in accord with values in: work/education, leisure, relationships and personal growth/health. Values Bull's Eye Bull's Eye score and graph
Values Card Sort By W.R. Miller, J. C'de Baca, D.B. Matthews, P.L. Wilbourne, University of New Mexico, 2001. Task that requires client to sort 50 personal value statements into 5 stacks from least important to most important with no more than 10 cards being placed in the most important pile. Followup task that requires ranking of the cards in the most important pile. Values Card Sort Instructions

WELL BEING/FUNCTIONING/QUALITY OF LIFE

Title Description Measure Download Link Scoring & Manual Links
Disruption of Functioning Index great measure, free Disruption of Functioning Index
The Satisfaction with Life Scale very short, very general, not usually used with people without psychopathology, but free and if you wanted to have that well-being in a really quick way - free - best of these
WHO Quality of Life-Brief Version (WHOQOL-BREV) By World Health Organization, 2004 WHOQOL-BREV User's Manual Score and Graph