State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children


Authors: Charles D. Spielberger, C.D. Edwards, J. Monturi, & R. Lushene

The STAI-CH is the definitive instrument for measuring anxiety in children. Based on the same theory as the STAI, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAI-CH) distinguishes between a general proneness to anxious behavior rooted in the personality and anxiety as a fleeting emotional state. The instrument is designed to be used with upper elementary or junior high school aged children and consists of two twenty-item scales. The measure is easy to read and can be administered verbally to younger children.

Copyright © 1970 by Charles D. Spielberger

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Features of the STAI-CH

Purpose: Measure anxiety in children.

Length: 40 items

Average completion time: 20 minutes

Target population: 4th grade reading level and higher

Adminstration: For individual or group administration. The measure can be administered verbally to younger children.

Norms available in Manual:

Norm Groups: Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade elementary school children (two large samples in six different schools).

Norm Tables: Fourth, fifth and sixth grade elementary school children (reported by gender and by grade level).

Uses of the STAI-CH

  • Psychological and health research of children
  • Clinical diagnosis of children
  • Differentiating anxiety from depression in children
  • Assessment of clinical anxiety in medical, surgical, psychosomatic, and psychiatric child patients


STAI-CH State Anxiety

  • Evaluates how respondents felt at a particular time in the recent past and how they anticipate they will feel either in a specific situation that is likely to be encountered in the future or in a variety of hypothetical situations.
  • Scores can be used to determine actual levels of S-Anxiety intensity, as an index of drive level, or as an indicator of changes in transitory anxiety experienced by children in counseling, psychotherapy, and behavior-modification programs.
  • Assesses the level induced by stressful experimental procedures and by unavoidable real-life stressors such as school integration, examinations, dental treatment or imminent surgery.

STAI-CH Trait Anxiety

  • Proven useful for identifying children with high levels of neurotic anxiety and for selecting subjects for psychological experiments who differ in motivation or drive level.
  • Evaluates the immediate and long-term effectiveness of clinical treatment procedures designed to reduce neurotic anxiety in children.

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