ERIC Number: EJ959048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Spanish Validation of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale
Orgiles, Mireia; Mendez, Xavier; Spence, Susan H.; Huedo-Medina, Tania B.; Espada, Jose P.
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v43 n2 p271-281 Apr 2012
The purpose of this study was to investigate the factorial structure and psychometric properties of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS) in a sample of 1,708 Spanish children aged between 8 and 12 years. The SCAS was demonstrated to have satisfactory internal consistency with the Spanish sample, and factor analysis confirmed the six-factor original model. Convergent validity was supported by correlations with the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children and the welfare dimension of the Child Health and Illness Profile-Children Edition. Low correlations between the SCAS and the Children's Depression Inventory supported the divergent validity. Analysis suggested that anxiety scores decrease with age, and girls reported higher scores than boys. Overall, the SCAS was shown to have good psychometric properties for use with Spanish children by clinicians and researchers.
Descriptors: Child Health, Validity, Measures (Individuals), Factor Analysis, Psychometrics, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Factor Structure, Correlation, Scores, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Spain