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Separation anxiety has traditionally been characterized and assessed as a disorder that is unique to childhood. Yet the core symptoms of separation anxiety, i.e., excessive and often disabling distress when faced with actual or perceived separation from major attachment figures, may persist or even arise during adulthood. The SCI-SAS was designed to assess symptoms of separation anxiety as experienced both during childhood and adulthood.


The SCI-SAS instrument consists of 16 items coded as “not at all”, “sometimes”, and “often” and divided into two domains.
See algorithm section, below on this page for how to score the instrument.

Psychometric Properties

Cyranowski JM, Shear MK, Rucci P, Fagiolini A, Frank E, Grochocinski VJ, Kupfer DJ, Banti S, Armani A, Cassano G. Adult separation anxiety: Psychometric properties of a new structured clinical interview. J Psych Res 36:77-86, 2002.

Note: each items is scored as "0" (NO), "1" (YES).
separation anxiety disorder in childhood 3 or more symptoms IA.1 to IA.8 rated 2
separation anxiety disorder in adulthood 3 or more symptoms IB.1 to IB.8 rated 2
score of separation anxiety symptoms in childhood sum of items IA.1-IA.8 (range 0-16)
score of separation anxiety symptoms in adulthood sum of items IB.1-IB.8 (range 0-16)
totale Score: range 0 - 36
Threshold : none determinated at this time