SACA for Young Adults – Revised

Services Assessment for Children and Adolescents (SACA-C). This computerized interview is a revised version of the Service Assessment for Children and Adolescents (SACA; Stiffman et al., 2000). This measure was developed by the team of researchers in the UNOCCAP Project for NIMH. It assesses the frequency, duration, type, and cost of mental health and social services associated with the young adult's behavior, substance abuse, and delinquency. It has been adapted to also include court services.

Abstract: SACA Young Adult II is a brief version of the SACA (Stiffman et al., 2000) administered to study youth to collect information on the use of mental and general health services. The measure includes 4 ‘gate-level’ questions about services for emotional, behavioral, drug or alcohol problems in the previous year from 3 different types of facilities: inpatient, outpatient, school/work services. The fourth ‘gate-level’ question asks about services for sexually transmitted diseases. If a type of service was utilized additional data was collected. Details regarding treatment for sexually transmitted diseases are divided into inpatient and outpatient services. The measure also collects information about police and court contact. Five dichotomous scales were derived for this measure. The measure provides information on mental health service use. Analysts can examine group differences in degree and pattern service use as well as examine the relationship between characteristics of service use with predictors from other instruments. Analysts should note that the time frame from service use in SACA Young Adult and SACA Young Adult II differs. In year 19, the measure collects information about the past 12 months, whereas the previous version in years 14 and 15 collects information about the previous 2 years. Analysts should note the degree of response for services before generating descriptive statistics or using outcomes in statistical models. In general, most distributions will be ‘zero-modal’ so examination of distribution characteristics is highly advised.

Who Completed this Measure?: select one

Cohort 1 - Administrative History

  • Year 19 | age 24-25

Cohort 2 - Administrative History

  • Year 19 | age 24-25

Cohort 3 - Administrative History

  • Year 19 | age 24-25

Technical Reports:

Raw Dataset Name: CxCL

Scored Dataset Name: MYRySCc

Arrest, Foster Care, Hospitalization, Illegal Activities, Incarceration, Inpatient, Jail, Mental Health Services, Outpatient, School/Work Services, Special Education

Is this Measure Available for Public Use?: No

Obtain Measure:

Arlene R. Stiffman, Ph.D.
Barbara A. Bailey Professor of Social Work
Washington University
Phone: (314) 935-6685