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Adolescent Psychopathology Scale–Short Form

William M. Reynolds, PhD

Screens for the presence of symptoms of psychological disorders and distress
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual
Age range:
12 years to 19 years
15–20 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Screen for Substance Abuse, Suicidal Behavior, Emotional Lability, Anger, Aggression, Alienation, and Introversion in Adolescents


The 115-item APS-SF is a multidimensional measure of psychopathology and personality derived from the APS.  The APS empirically assesses the severity of symptoms associated with specific DSM-IV clinical and personality disorders.

  • Ideal for use when time and circumstance necessitate a brief measure of psychopathology.
  • Addresses issues regarding school safety by assessing excessive anger and propensity for violence toward others.
  • Consists of 12 clinical scales and two validity scales. Six of the clinical scales focus on DSM-IV symptomatology associated with the following disorders: conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse disorder.
  • The remaining six clinical scales are not anchored to specific DSM-IV disorders and symptoms but evaluate the related and important areas of eating disturbance, suicide, academic problems, anger/violence proneness, self-concept, and interpersonal problems.
  • Score using PARiConnect. APS-SF Clinical Score Report includes critical item endorsements.