Screening and Assessment Tools for Young Anxious Children

  • Suneeta MongaEmail author
  • Diane Benoit


This chapter provides a description of screening and assessment tools that researchers have used with four- to seven-year-old children who present with various anxiety symptoms. The chapter summarizes the psychometric properties, advantages, and limitations of these instruments. It highlights the need to use some of the instruments described in this chapter with caution with young children in clinical settings due to the somewhat limited empirical evidence to justify their use. The chapter emphasizes the importance of assessing anxiety symptoms in four- to seven-year-old children using age-appropriate interviews and tools, with a special focus on the current assessment approaches that pertain to selective mutism and social anxiety disorder. The chapter highlights the need for further empirical exploration of age-appropriate screening and assessment tools of anxiety symptoms in young children.


Screening preschool anxiety Screening tools preschool anxiety Recognizing preschool anxiety Preschool anxiety symptom screening Preschool anxiety scale Selective mutism questionnaire 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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