The RAASI is a brief (32 item) self-report measure designed to evaluate critical factors related to adolescent adjustment and psychopathology.
These researchers used the German version of the RAASI to examine adolescents' emotional and behavioral problems.
Although the RAASI was used extensively in the research reported, suggesting an acceptance of the tool as a valid measure by the field, the instrument has some important limitations that have yet to be addressed in extant research and should be considered.
According to the manual (Reynolds, 2001), the RAASI was normed on a total sample of 1,827 youth from seventh to 12th grade with an average age of 14.
Given the aforementioned description of the adolescents engaged in juvenile delinquency in the United States and the subsequent norming of the RAASI, the use of instruments such as the RAASI may not be appropriate for adolescents typically identified as at risk, which includes a higher ratio of racial and ethnic minorities in lower socioeconomic levels.
In summary, several studies have used the RAASI to measure adjustment problems among adolescents.
The RAASI is a self-report inventory for adolescents 12 to 19 years old.