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Clinical Assessment Scales for the Elderly

Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD, and Erin D. Bigler, PhD

Comprehensively measures acute psychopathology in the elderly
Paper and pencil, E-Manual
Age range:
55 years to 90 years
20–40 minutes; 10 minutes to score
Qualification level:
All qualifications for Level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Use the CASE to Aid in the Diagnosis of Axis 1 Clinical Disorders in the Elderly


The CASE is designed to assist the clinician in the diagnosis of DSM-IV Axis I clinical disorders in individuals from ages 55 to 90 years. The CASE consists of a self-rating form (Form S) and an other-rating form (Form R) that can be completed by a knowledgeable caregiver (e.g., spouse, child, home healthcare worker, sibling). Form R is especially useful to verify the information provided by the patient or when the patient is unable to complete the assessment due to physical or cognitive difficulties.

Features and benefits

  • Developed specifically to assess for the most prominent DSM-IV disorders among the elderly.
  • Normed on a U.S. Census-matched sample of 2,000 adults, ages 55-90 years.
  • Consists of 10 clinical scales: Anxiety (ANX), Cognitive Competence (COG), Depression (DEP), Fear of Aging (FOA), Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Paranoia (PAR), Psychoticism (PSY), Somatization (SOM), Mania (MAN), and Substance Abuse (SUB).
  • Includes a valuable Fear of Aging scale that assesses an individual's level of apprehension about the aging process.
  • CASE items are free of gender or ethnic bias.
  • Contains three validity scales especially useful to identify feigning and for forensic assessments.
  • For a rapid assessment in 20 minutes, the CASE-SF is available.