Psychometric properties of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale with young adolescents

Susan H. Spence*, Paula M. Barrett, Cynthia M. Turner

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    The psychometric properties of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS) were examined with 875 adolescents aged 13 and 14 years. This self-report measure was designed to evaluate symptoms relating to separation anxiety, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic-agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, and fears of physical injury. Results of confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses supported six factors consistent with the hypothesized subtypes of anxiety. There was support also for a model in which the first-order factors loaded significantly on a single second-order factor of anxiety in general. The internal consistency of the total score and sub-scales was high, and 12-week test-retest reliability was satisfactory. The SCAS correlated strongly with a frequently used child self-report measure of anxiety and significantly, albeit at a lower level, with a measure of depression.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)605-625
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • Adolescents
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Assessment
    • Confirmatory factor analysis

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