Psychometric properties of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale with young adolescents

Spence, S. H., Barrett, P. M. and Turner, C. M. (2003) Psychometric properties of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale with young adolescents. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 17 6: 605-625. doi:10.1016/S0887-6185(02)00236-0


Author Spence, S. H.
Barrett, P. M.
Turner, C. M.
Title Psychometric properties of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale with young adolescents
Journal name Journal of Anxiety Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0887-6185
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0887-6185(02)00236-0
Volume 17
Issue 6
Start page 605
End page 625
Total pages 21
Editor M. Hersen
Place of publication UK
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
730211 Mental health
Abstract The psychometric properties of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS) were examined with 875 adolescents aged 13 and 14 years. This self-report measure was designed to evaluate symptoms relating to separation anxiety, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic-agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, and fears of physical injury. Results of confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses supported six factors consistent with the hypothesized subtypes of anxiety. There was support also for a model in which the first-order factors loaded significantly on a single second-order factor of anxiety in general. The internal consistency of the total score and sub-scales was high, and 12-week test-retest reliability was satisfactory. The SCAS correlated strongly with a frequently used child self-report measure of anxiety and significantly, albeit at a lower level, with a measure of depression. (C) 2002 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Psychiatry
Anxiety Disorders
Adolescents
Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Assessment
Emotional Disorders
Self-concept
Symptoms
Depression
Screen
Reliability
Prevalence
Childhood
Comorbidity
Schedule
Q-Index Code C1

 
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