Assessment of anxiety in children and adolescents

a comparative study on the validity and reliability of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale in children and adolescents with anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ramona Toscano, Andrew J. Baillie, Heidi J. Lyneham, Anna Kelly, Theresa Kidd, Jennifer L. Hudson*

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Objective: The present study assessed the utility of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale - Parent Form (SCAS-P) across parents of children with (i) anxiety and (ii) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Method: Parents of children aged 7–18 years with anxiety or ASD completed the SCAS-P. Multiple indicator multiple cause (MIMIC) structural equation modelling was utilized to analyse the data. Results: Analysis revealed different factor structures between the Anxious and ASD groups and evidence for measurement variance across groups in some parts of the SCAS-P. Conclusion: Results on the SCAS-P in children with ASD need to be interpreted with caution. Some SCAS-P items cannot be interpreted in the same way in an ASD population compared to neurotypical children with anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-576
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020



  • anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • assessment
  • children
  • adolescents

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