The psychometric properties of the CAFAS have been investigated extensively with diverse samples of youth. Studies have found considerable evidence of the reliability and validity of the CAFAS. The measure has demonstrated both concurrent and predictive validity in studies operating in applied clinical settings. CAFAS scores have been found to:
- Correlate with actual intensity of treatment, involvement with juvenile justice, school related problems and child and family risk factors.
- Predict restrictiveness of care, total cost of all services received, number of bed days and number of days of service six and twelve months post-intake.
- Predict future contact with the law and poor school attendance.