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Semistructured Clinical Interview
for Children & Adolescents (SCICA/Ages 6-18)

The SCICA maximizes the value of interviews with a flexible user-friendly protocol, plus forms on which interviewers rate their observations and children’s self-reports during the interview. The SCICA Profile displays raw scale scores and clinical T scores for ages 6-11 and 12-18.

The SCICA Protocol provides open-ended questions covering children’s activities and school performance, peer relations, family relations, self perceptions, feelings, and parent/teacher-reported problems.

Interviewers rate the child on the SCICA Observation and Self-Report Forms. The SCICA scales are normed on 686 clinically referred children. Mean test-retest reliability was .78 across all SCICA scales.

The ADM module generates computer-scored profiles and narrative reports. A training video and computer software help trainees learn SCICA rating procedures by comparing their ratings of interview segments with ratings by experienced interviewers.

SCICA Scales

Empirically Based Syndrome Scales:

  • Anxious*
  • Withdrawn/Depressed*
  • Language/Motor Problems*
  • Attention Problems*
  • Self-Control Problems*
  • Anxious/Depressed**
  • Aggressive/Rule-Breaking**
  • Somatic Complaints**

*Based on interviewers’ observations
**Based on interviewees’ self-reports

DSM-oriented Scales:

  • Affective Problems
  • Anxiety Problems
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Problems (Inattention and Hyperactivity-Impulsivity subscales)
  • Oppositional Defiant Problems
  • Conduct Problems

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