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Adolescent Psychopathology Scale™

William M. Reynolds, PhD

Evaluates the presence and severity of symptoms of psychological disorders and distress
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, Software
Age range:
12 years to 19 years
45-60 minutes
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

The APS empirically assesses the severity of symptoms associated with specific DSM-IV™ clinical and personality disorders. A short form, ideal for screening, is also available. Learn more about the APS Screening Form.

Features and benefits

  • A multidimensional self-report instrument.
  • Also assesses other psychological problems and behaviors that may interfere with an adolescent’s psychological adaptation and personal competence, including substance abuse, suicidal behavior, emotional lability, excessive anger, aggression, alienation, and introversion.
  • APS scores represent the severity of disorder-specific symptomatology evaluated across different time periods. This close match between APS item content and DSM-IV criteria enhances clinical utility and facilitates ease of interpretation.

Test structure

  • Measures three broad disorder-problem domains: Clinical Disorders (20 scales), Personality Disorders (five scales), and Psychosocial Problem Content areas (11 scales). The Response Style Indicator scales (four scales) include indexes of response consistency and infrequency, response veracity, and unusual endorsement propensities.
  • Must be scored using either PARiConnect or the APS Scoring Program. The APS Scoring Program software calculates scores for all scales and automatically generates a Clinical Score Report. The report includes a summary of APS scale elevations, a score summary table, a profile, a critical items summary form, and an item response summary table.