Pediatric Symptom Checklist

psc testing

The Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) is a brief screening questionnaire that is used by pediatricians and other health professionals to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.

In addition to the original 35-item parent report form of the PSC, there are now many other validated forms including translations of the original form into more than a dozen other languages, a youth self report, a pictorial version, and a briefer 17 item version for both the parent and youth forms. All are available from this website

See our list of forms available for free download.

If you would like to take the PSC about your child, you can take the online version of the PSC anonymously and for free by clicking here.

PSC Forms

Download the PSC forms in several versions or translated into multiple languages. Click here to find and download PSC forms

Contact Us

Contact us for more information. We welcome feedback on the use of the PSC from clinicians, parents, and researchers. We ask that a copy of any study using the PSC be sent to us.

Learn more about the Pediatric Symptom Checklist

why screen

Why Screen?
Screening can address the common mental health issues in pediatrics, including the prevalence of psychosocial problems.

About the PSC
Studies have clearly indicated the benefits of screening. Read more about the background and reasons for its use.

Information about how to start screening, as well as clinical approaches to the meaning of positive and negative scores.

Instructions for scoring the PSC results, including subscales, plus interpretation for parents.



Biographies of the authors of the PSC


Recent Research
Studies on the validity of the PSC and its uses
as a marker for psychosocial dysfunction.
Related Links
Links to pediatric resource sites

The PSC as a national standard

The largest school based mental health program in the world has been running in Chile for 15 years and the PSC is one of the two primary measures used to evaluate this national program’s impact. A paper recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry documented the significant relationship between attending the program and improved scores on the PSC, school attendance, and end of the year promotion to the next grade. Read more about the study here.




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