Self-report measures are assessments in which people can directly report how they perceive their symptoms, behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and feelings. These measures rely on the person’s responses and provide mental health professionals with greater insight into the respondents’ symptoms, internal experiences, and/or behaviors.
As treatment continues, self-reporting tools are an excellent way for professionals to track their client’s progress, determine how well certain therapies are working, and assess whether additional or alternate treatment methods are necessary.
The Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ), a self-report measure for mental health, seeks to identify and classify different types of childhood trauma and abuse experienced by adolescents and adults.
The Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) is a self-report tool that measures an individual’s ability to practice mindfulness in their day-to-day life.
The Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS) is a self-administered, 20-item tool that helps screen people for anxiety symptoms—both psychological and somatic.
The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21) is a well-established, self-administered instrument with 21 statements that help people define, understand, and measure clinically significant emotional states.
The Anxiety Control Questionnaire (ACQ) is a self-administered tool commonly used by clinicians to measure perceived control, which research has shown predicts the severity of anxiety symptoms and the outcomes of cognitive behavioral therapy.
The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Questionnaire is a screening measure that helps clinicians determine whether a person might have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) is the most prevalent measure used to assess positive outcomes after extremely stressful and potentially traumatic events.
Self-report measures are assessments where people can directly report how they perceive their symptoms, behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and feelings.
The General Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) is one of the most frequently used tools by clinicians to screen clients for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).