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Shortform Assessment for Children (SAC)

The Shortform Assessment for Children (SAC) is an excellent tool for tracking children’s outcomes. The SAC is a 48-item behavioral scale that quickly assesses the two empirically established dimensions (internalizing and externalizing) of children’s behavior. Typically completed by children’s parents/guardians, the SAC has exceptional psychometric qualities, and in 5 minutes accomplishes what other behavioral scales take 30 or more minutes to do. The SAC is reliable, valid, and has been extensively tested.

The SAC website makes the SAC simple to score and provides percentile scores for comparison to both normal and juvenile court youth populations. The website archives data, which allows users to track children’s SAC scores over time, and can also graph each child’s progress. And, the website is inexpensive to use.

To find out more or for a 30-day free trial of the SAC website, please contact us.
For more detailed information about the SAC, click here.


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