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School Refusal (cont.)

Diagnosis of School Refusal

Helpful tools to confirm the diagnosis of an anxiety disorder and the level of impairment include the following:

  • The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL)
  • The SCARED (The Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders)
  • The Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale
  • Children's Global Rating Scale
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