ERIC Number: EJ939993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
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Reference Count: 53
Psychometric Properties of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS) in Cypriot Children and Adolescents
Essau, Cecilia A.; Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, Xenia; Munoz, Luna C.
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v42 n5 p557-568 Oct 2011
The Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS) is a 38-item self-report questionnaire which measures symptoms of DSM-IV anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. This study examined the psychometric properties of the Greek translation of SCAS in a large community sample of children and adolescents (N = 1,072), aged 12-17 years, in the non-occupied territory of Cyprus. A subsample of these participants was retested 8 weeks after the initial assessment. The SCAS demonstrated high internal consistency (alpha = 0.92) and test-retest reliability (r = 0.88). The SCAS total scores correlated significantly with the anxious/depressed subscale of the Youth Self-Report, the Columbia Impairment Scale, and with the emotional subscale of the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire. Confirmatory factor analyses revealed the same six-factor structure as the original SCAS. The SCAS proved to be a reliable and valid measure of anxiety symptoms in the Cypriot context.
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Factor Structure, Adolescents, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries, Psychometrics, Anxiety, Test Validity, Questionnaires, Greek, Preadolescents, Test Reliability, Scores, Correlation, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Child Psychology
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire