ERIC Number: EJ1147728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Screening for Psychological Inflexibility: Initial Validation of the Avoidance and Fusion Questionnaire for Youth as a School Mental Health Screener
Renshaw, Tyler L.
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v35 n5 p482-493 Aug 2017
The present study reports on the initial validation of the eight-item version of the Avoidance and Fusion Questionnaire for Youth (AFQ-Y8) as a school mental health screener for identifying clinical-level depression and anxiety caseness within a sample of urban high school students (N = 219). Results indicated that responses to the AFQ-Y8 yielded better data-model fit and comparable internal consistency and convergent validity in relation to responses to the longer, 17-item version of the measure. Findings from receiver operating curve (ROC) analyses showed that scores derived from the AFQ-Y8 had excellent discrimination ability for correctly classifying students with and without clinical-level depression (area under the curve [AUC] = 0.91) and anxiety (AUC = 0.92), and that a cutoff score of =15 yielded optimal sensitivity (0.86, 0.92) and specificity (0.88, 0.87) for accomplishing these purposes. Taken together, findings suggest the AFQ-Y8 is a technically adequate instrument for both measuring psychological inflexibility and classifying students with clinical-level internalizing problems. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Psychological Characteristics, Screening Tests, Questionnaires, Test Validity, Mental Health, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, High School Students, Urban Schools, Test Reliability, Classification, Measures (Individuals), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale; Beck Anxiety Inventory
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