State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children

The most widely used self-report measure of anxiety

Charles D. Spielberger, C.D. Edwards, J. Montuori & R. Lushene

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Based on the same theory as the STAI, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC) 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 STAIC is the definitive instrument for measuring anxiety in children. The measure is easy to read and can be administered verbally to younger children.

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About the STAICH

The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAIC) was initially developed as a research tool for the study of anxiety in elementary school children. It is comprised of separate, self-report scales for measuring two distinct anxiety concepts: state anxiety (S-Anxiety) and trait anxiety (T-Anxiety). The STAIC is similar in conception and structure to the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) which provides measures of anxiety for adolescents and adults (Spielberger, Gorsuch, & Lushene, 1970). While especially constructed to measure anxiety in nine- to twelve-year old children, the STAIC may also be used with younger children with average or above reading ability and with older children who are below average in ability.

Contents of Manual

Uses of the STAIC

STAIC State Anxiety
STAIC Trait Anxiety:

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)

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Inventory Booklet

Individuals respond to each item on a three-point rating scale, checking one of three alternatives that describes him or her best or indicates frequency of occurrence. Children generally require eight to twelve minutes to complete each scale, and less than twenty minutes to complete both.


The S-Anxiety scale consists of twenty statements that describe how respondents feel “right now, at this very moment.”

1. I feel very relaxed relaxed not relaxed
2. I feel very upset upset not upset


The T-Anxiety scale consists of twenty statements that describe how respondents "usually feel."

1. I worry too much hardly ever sometimes often
2. I notice my heart beats fast hardly ever sometimes often

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