The nature of feared outcome representations in anxious and non-anxious children

Marilyn A. Campbell, Ronald M. Rapee, Susan H. Spence

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Abstract

This study examined whether wording changes in a self-report anxiety scale for children were better able to distinguish anxious from non-anxious children than traditional wording. The study also explored whether phrasing the items as either stimulus or consequences (outcomes) of events, would give a better assessment of fear and anxiety in children and adolescents. The four questionnaires were administered to an anxiety- disordered group and a non-anxious group of children aged from 6 to 15 years. Anxious children reported that they thought more about negative outcomes than non- anxious children. However, there were no differences in scores between the two groups using stimulus items. While all children regarded negative physical consequences as aversive, anxiety-disordered children rated negative social outcomes as more aversive than did non-anxious children. None of the measures discriminated between the different anxiety disorders. Implications for children's self-report data on anxiety are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-99
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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