Child & Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale
The Child & Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale is a rating scale which assesses the youth's degree of impairment in functioning due to emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric problems. It is completed by a staff member and takes about 10 minutes. It is useful for assessing outcome over time and for directing case management activities.
Number of Versions: 1 Version: Child & Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale Author(s): Kay Hodges Date of Publication: 1990 Material(s) Needed for Test: Clinical Interview Manual: Available Time to Administer: 10 minutes Charge for one form or kit: Yes
Purpose and Nature of Test
Aggression, Conduct problems Population for which designed:
Age Range: 7 through 17 years old Grade Level: First Grade to High School Senior Method of Administration: Individual Subtests and Scores:
School, Home, Community (Delinquent-like Behavior), Behavior Toward Others, Mood/Emotions, Self-Harmful Behavior, Substance Use, Thinking Problems, Material Needs, Family/Social Support Number of Items: 315 Type of Scale: Multiple response option
Sample Size: 4,758 Population: Children referred for mental health services at three army bases: Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; and Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Culture/ethnicity: African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic/Latino SES Level: Low to Middle
Psychometric information: Provided for Full Scales. The range of Test-Retest Value: 0.78 The range of Inter-rater reliability: 0.92 The range of Internal consistency: 0.73 to 0.78
Validity:Criterion validity was assessed and found to be acceptable.
Scoring Procedure: Manual and Computer Scoring Examiner Qualifications and Training Required: None Permission Required to Use Instrument: Yes If yes, by whom: Kay Hodges
Original Reference(s): Hodges, K. (1990, 1994 revision). Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale. Ypsilanti, MI: Eastern Michigan University, Department of Psychology. Other Reference(s): Hodges, K., & Gust, J. (1995). Measures of impairment for children and adoelscents. Journal of Mental Health Administration, 22 (4), 403-413.
Hodges, K., & Wong, M. M. (1996). Psychometric characteristics of a multidimensional measure to assess impairment: The Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 5 (4), 445-467.
Hodges, K., & Wong, M. M. (1997). Use of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment scale to predict service utilization and cost. Journal of Mental Health Administration, 24 (3), 278-290.
Hodges, K., Wong, M. M., & Latessa, M. (1998). Use of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) as an outcome measure in clinical settings. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 25 (3), 325-336.
Hodges, K. (1999). The use of psychological testing for treatment planning and outcome assessment (2nd ed.). In M. Maruish, The use of psychological testing for treatment planning and outcome assessment (pp. 321-664). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbuam.
Hodges, K., Doucette-Gates, A., & Liao, Q. (1999). The relationshiop between the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) and indicators of functioning. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 8 (1), 109-122.
Quist, R. M., & Matshazi, D. G. M. (2000). The Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS): A dynamic predictor of juvenile recidivism. Adolescence, 35 (137), 181-192.
Hodges, K., Doucette-Gates, A., & Kim, C-S. (2000). Predicting service utilization with the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale in a sample of youths with serious emotional disturbance served by center for mental health services - funded demonstrations. Journal of Behavioral Helath Services and Research, 27 (1), 47-59.
Hodges, K., & Kim, C-S. (2000). Psychometric study of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale: Prediction of contact with the law and poor school attendance. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 28 (3), 287-297.
Other: There is also a version of the Child & Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale that can be used with children ages 4 to 7.
Name: Kay Hodges Organization: Functional Assessments Systems, L. L. C. Address: 2140 Old Earhart Rd. City: Ann Arbor State: MI Zip: 48105 Phone: (734) 769-9725 Fax: (734) 769-1434 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated by Violence Institute of New Jersey: August 2006