The assessment of anxiety symptoms in preschool-aged children

The revised preschool anxiety scale

Susan L. Edwards, Ronald M. Rapee, Susan J. Kennedy, Susan H. Spence

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The purpose of this study was to test the validity and factorial structure of a modified version of the Preschool Anxiety Scale (Spence, Rapee, McDonald, & Ingram, 2001). The measure was completed by 764 mothers and 418 fathers of children aged 3 to 5 years. After removing, two items tapping obsessive compulsive symptoms, confirmatory factor analysis showed that a four-factor model (social anxiety, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, specific fears) all loading on a higher order "anxiety" factor, provided an optimal fit for the data. The total scale and 4 subscales showed strong internal consistency (alphas =.72-.92), 12-month stability y (rs =.60-.75) and maternal/paternal agreement (rs =.60-.75). Scores on the scale also showed expected correlations with a measure of emotional distress, diagnosed anxiety disorders, and behavioral indicators of anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-409
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

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