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CAFAS®

Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale®

Kay Hodges, Ph.D., ABPP

Assess a child or youth’s day-to-day functioning and track changes over time


CAFAS®

Overview

Overview

The CAFAS® is the gold standard tool for assessing a youth's day-to-day functioning and for tracking changes in functioning over time. The CAFAS is backed by over 20 years of research supporting its validity and sensitivity to detecting change in behaviors. It is widely used to inform decisions about type and intensity of treatment, level of care, placement and need for referral.

  • Correlates with actual intensity of treatment, involvement with juvenile justice, school-related problems and child and family risk factors
  • Predicts restrictiveness of care, total cost of all services received, number of bed days and number of days of service six and twelve months post-intake
  • Predict future contact with the law and poor school attendance

Key Areas Measured


Key Areas Measured

Key areas measured diagram

Quick Reference

Age

Age

5 to 19

Administration Type

Administration Type

Professional

Interview

Administration Time

Administration Time

10 minutes

Qualification Level

Qualification Level

A

Format(s)

Format(s)

Handscored

Complementary Tools

Complementary Tools

PECFAS®
JIFF®
CWL®
YLS/CMI
RSI

Quick Reference

Age

Age

5 to 19

Administration Type

Administration Type

Professional

Interview

Administration Time

Administration Time

10 minutes

Qualification Level

Qualification Level

A

Format(s)

Format(s)

Handscored

Complementary Tools

Complementary Tools

PECFAS®
JIFF®
CWL®
YLS/CMI
RSI

How To Use

How To Use

Reliability and Validity

Reliability and Validity

For each subscale, the rater reads through the items at each level, starting at the Severe level, until they find a description of the child or youth. Once a description has been found, the child or youth is assigned the item’s corresponding score for the subscale. After assigning the subscale score, the rater moves on to the next subscale.

The psychometric properties of the CAFAS have been investigated extensively with diverse samples of youth. Studies have found considerable evidence of the reliability and validity of the CAFAS. The measure has demonstrated both concurrent and predictive validity in studies operating in applied clinical settings. CAFAS scores have been found to do the following:

  • Correlate with intensity of treatment, involvement with juvenile justice, school-related problems, and child and family risk factors
  • Predict restrictiveness of care, total cost of all services received, number of bed days, and number of days of service 6 and 12 months post-intake
  • Predict future contact with the law
  • Predict poor school attendance

Training

Training

Three convenient training options are available for the CAFAS, JIFF, PECFAS and CWL.

1) Complementary online training for FAS Online subscribers
2) Self-training manual
3) In person training

Pricing

Select Language of Tool:

Online

Online

Assess easily online from anywhere. Includes automatic scoring and report generation.

Software

Software

Requires software. Includes automatic scoring and report generation.

Handscored

Handscored

QuikScore forms are scored by hand without reports.

Starter Kits
Certification

Starter Kits

Simulations
Certification

Simulations

Kits

Forms

Spanish CAFAS Parent Interview (Parent Report)

Spanish CAFAS Parent Interview (Parent Report)

Handscored
CA: $66.00
(Sold in packs of 25)

Ortiz PVAT Licenses

Ortiz PVAT Licenses

Online Scoring

Online Scoring

Supplementary Materials

Supplementary Materials

Other Materials

Other Materials