William D. Anton, PhD, James R. Reed, PhD
This comprehensive screening instrument identifies problems frequently experienced by college students. Primarily intended for use in college counselling and guidance centres, the CAS will prove helpful in any clinical setting where college students (ages 17-30 years) are clients.
The CAS assesses nine areas of adjustment difficulties: Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Substance Abuse, Self-esteem Problems, Interpersonal Problems, Family Problems, Academic Problems and Career Problems. Students rate the 108 CAS items on a 4-point scale ranging from false, not at all true to very true. Responses are entered on a carbonless, self-scoring Answer Sheet. Scores are then easily transferred to the profile area. Scoring and profiling takes only 3-5 minutes.
Reliability and Validity
Normative data was collected from 1,146 students enrolled in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. The sample reflects college enrollment proportions for gender and ethnic group. Although the normative sample included students ages 17-65, the CAS is intended primarily for students ages 17-30. Internal consistency reliability coefficients for the nine scales range from .80-.92 with a mean of .86. Five studies examined the convergent and discriminant validity of the CAS and its ability to distinguish students in counselling from those not in counselling. Results support the validity of the CAS as a measure of college adjustment problems.
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