The Structure of Negative Self-Statements in Children and Adolescents: A Confirmatory Factor-Analytic Approach

Carolyn A. Schniering*, Ronald M. Rapee

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to examine the nature and organization of a range of negative self-statements in children and adolescents, using a structural equations/confirmatory factor-analytic approach. A community sample of 978 children aged 7-16 years completed a questionnaire about the frequency with which they experienced a broad range of negative automatic thoughts. The outcome of comparative modeling provided strongest support for a model in which 4 distinct cognitive factors were all related to a single higher order factor. The 4 lower order factors related to cognitions on social threat, physical threat, personal failure, and hostility. The pattern of results was consistent across age and gender. Results were consistent with assumptions of cognitive specificity models of psychopathology, on the latent structure of automatic thoughts in children and adolescents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-109
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
    Volume32
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004

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