Clinical Assessment Tools for Children

Assessment and Screening for Immigrant and Refugee Children New to Canada
These tools from Kids New to Canada, developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society include screening and assessment tools directed at health care providers working with immigrant and refugee children include:

Kids New to Canada helps health professionals provide appropriate care to immigrant and refugee children, youth and families. The site contains a number of key resources to help health professionals learn more about working with newcomer families. – See more tools at  essentials for providing health care to children and youth new to Canada.

The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA)
The ASEBA assesses competencies, adaptive functioning, and behavioral, emotional, and social problems from age 1½ to over 90 years (specifics of the assessment tools vary depending on the age of the patient). This instrument has been translated into over 85 languages and has been culturally validated in many different studies. This is not an open-access document, but can be purchased from the website for varying prices, depending on the exact instrument and whether it will be used for training purposes. Information about the reliability and validity of the instrument can be found here.

Pediatric Symptom Checklist
This is a brief screening questionnaire that is used by pediatricians and other health professionals to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children. In addition to the original 35 item parent report form of the PSC, there are now many other validated forms including a youth self report, a pictorial version, and a briefer 17 item version for both the parent and youth forms. In a number of validity studies, PSC case classifications agreed with case classifications on the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) ratings of impairment, and the presence of psychiatric disorder in a variety of pediatric and subspecialty settings representing diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. This tool is available in over a dozen languages from the website. There is no cost associated with using this tool. This is an open-access document.

Jellinek, M., Evans, N., & Knight, R.B. (1979). Use of a behavior checklist on a pediatric inpatient unit. Journal of Pediatrics94(1): p. 156-8.

Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
The SDQ is a brief behavioural screening questionnaire about 3-16 year olds, available in multiple languages.It exists in several versions to meet the needs of researchers, clinicians and educationalists. Depending on the user, the SDQ can include somewhere between one and three of the following components: a 25 item questionnaire on psychological attributes, an impact supplement, and/or follow-up questions. The tool is available (not all three components are available in all languages) in over 60 languages from the website. There is no cost associated with using this tool. This is an open-access document.

Goodman R (1997) The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: A Research Note. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 38, 581-586.