ERIC Number: EJ872711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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A Psychometric Analysis of the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale-Parent Version in a Clinical Sample
Ebesutani, Chad; Bernstein, Adam; Nakamura, Brad J.; Chorpita, Bruce F.; Weisz, John R.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v38 n2 p249-260 Feb 2010
The Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale-Parent Version (RCADS-P) is a 47-item parent-report questionnaire of youth anxiety and depression, with scales corresponding to the DSM-IV categories of Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). The RCADS-P is currently the only parent-report questionnaire that concurrently assesses youth symptomatology of individual anxiety disorders as well as depression in accordance with DSM-IV nosology. The present study examined the psychometric properties of the RCADS-P in a large (N = 490), clinic-referred sample of youths. The RCADS-P demonstrated favorable psychometric properties, including high internal consistency, convergent/divergent validity, as well as strong discriminant validity--evidencing an ability to discriminate between anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as between the targeted anxiety disorders. Support for the DSM-related six-factor RCADS-P structure was also evidenced. This structure demonstrated superior fit to a recently suggested alternative to the DSM-IV classification of anxiety and affective disorders--namely, the MDD/GAD "distress" factor.
Descriptors: Validity, Measures (Individuals), Psychometrics, Depression (Psychology), Separation Anxiety, Questionnaires, Mental Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Classification, Goodness of Fit, Factor Structure, Children, Anxiety
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