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Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale – Child (SCAS-
Child)

Instructions:
Please tap to button to show how often each of these things happen to you. There are no
right or wrong answers.

Never Sometimes Often Always

1 I worry about things 0 1 2 3

2 I am scared of the dark 0 1 2 3

3
When I have a problem, I get a
funny feeling in my stomach

0 1 2 3

4 I feel afraid 0 1 2 3

5
I would feel afraid of being on my
own at home

0 1 2 3

6
I feel scared when I have to take a
test

0 1 2 3

7
I feel afraid if I have to use public
toilets or bathrooms

0 1 2 3

8
I worry about being away from my
parents

0 1 2 3

9
I feel afraid that I will make a fool of
myself in front of people

0 1 2 3

10
I worry that I will do badly at my
school work

0 1 2 3

11
I am popular amongst other kids my
own age

0 1 2 3

12
I worry that something awful will
happen to someone in my family

0 1 2 3

13
I suddenly feel as if I can’t breathe
when there is no reason for this

0 1 2 3

14
I have to keep checking that I have done
things right (like the switch is off, or the
door is locked)

0 1 2 3

15
I feel scared if I have to sleep on my
own

0 1 2 3

16
I have trouble going to school in the
mornings because I feel nervous or
afraid

0 1 2 3

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Never Sometimes Often Always

17 I am good at sports 0 1 2 3

18 I am scared of dogs 0 1 2 3

19
I can’t seem to get bad or silly
thoughts out of my head

0 1 2 3

20
When I have a problem, my heart
beats really fast

0 1 2 3

21
I suddenly start to tremble or shake
when there is no reason for this

0 1 2 3

22
I worry that something bad will
happen to me

0 1 2 3

23
I am scared of going to the doctors
or dentists

0 1 2 3

24 When I have a problem, I feel shaky 0 1 2 3

25
I am scared of being in high places
or lifts (elevators)

0 1 2 3

26 I am a good person 0 1 2 3

27
I have to think of special thoughts to stop
bad things from happening (like numbers
or words)

0 1 2 3

28
I feel scared if I have to travel in the
car, or on a Bus or a train

0 1 2 3

29
I worry what other people think of
me

0 1 2 3

30
I am afraid of being in crowded places
(like shopping centres, the movies,
buses, busy playgrounds)

0 1 2 3

31 I feel happy 0 1 2 3

32
All of a sudden I feel really scared
for no reason at all

0 1 2 3

33 I am scared of insects or spiders 0 1 2 3

34
I suddenly become dizzy or faint
when there is no reason for this

0 1 2 3

35
I feel afraid if I have to talk in front of
my class

0 1 2 3

36
My heart suddenly starts to beat too
quickly for no reason

0 1 2 3

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Never Sometimes Often Always

37
I worry that I will suddenly get a scared
feeling when there is nothing to be afraid
of

0 1 2 3

38 I like myself 0 1 2 3

39
I am afraid of being in small closed
places, like tunnels or small rooms

0 1 2 3

40
I have to do some things over and over
again (like washing my hands, cleaning
or putting things in a certain order)

0 1 2 3

41
I get bothered by bad or silly
thoughts or pictures in my mind

0 1 2 3

42
I have to do some things in just the right
way to stop bad things
happening

0 1 2 3

43 I am proud of my school work 0 1 2 3

44
I would feel scared if I had to stay
away from home overnight

0 1 2 3

45 Is there something else that you are really afraid of?

0 Yes

0 No

46 If you are afraid of something else please write down what it is. How often are you afraid of this thing?

Developer Reference:
Spence, S.H. (1997). Structure of anxiety symptoms among children: A confirmatory factor-
analytic study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 106(2), 280-297.

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