ERIC Number: ED174626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Factor Structure and Construct Validity of "What I Think and Feel": The Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale.
Reynolds, Cecil R.; Richmond, Bert O.
The factor structure, and thereby the underlying construct of the What I Think and Feel Test (WITF) was determined. The delineation of subscales of anxiety within this revision of the Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale was significant, since anxiety is a multidimensional characteristic. Responses of 329 children (grades 1-12) to the 28 anxiety items of the WITF were factor analyzed through principal factoring with interactions; oblique and orthogonal rotations were performed. A principal components solution was also obtained. The three factor varimax solution was retained as the most psychologically and statistically sound factorial solution. Consistent with current multidimensional theories of anxiety, three primary anxiety factors emerged which provided support for the construct validity of the new scale: (1) physiological manifestations of anxiety; (2) worry and oversensitivity; and (3) fear and difficulty in concentrating. (Implications for test interpretation are discussed). (RD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: What I Think and Feel
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (86th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 28 - September 1, 1978)